Euripides

Quotations

Time will explain it all. He is a talker, and needs no questioning before he speaks.

Waste not fresh tears over old griefs.

Alexander. Frag. 44.

The nobly born must nobly meet his fate.

Alcmene. Frag. 100.

Woman is woman’s natural ally.

Alope. Frag. 109.

Man’s best possession is a sympathetic wife.

Second thoughts are ever wiser.

Hippolytus. Frag. 436.

Cowards do not count in battle; they are there, but not in it.

Meleager. Frag. 523.

Silver and gold are not the only coin; virtue too passes current all over the world.

Old men’s prayers for death are lying prayers, in which they abuse old age and long extent of life. But when death draws near, not one is willing to die, and age no longer is a burden to them.

When good men die their goodness does not perish,
But lives though they are gone. As for the bad,
All that was theirs dies and is buried with them.

Temenid

The gifts of a bad man bring no good with them.

Medea. 618.

Whoso neglects learning in his youth, loses the past and is dead for the future.

Phrixus. Frag. 927.

Moderation, the noblest gift of Heaven.

Medea. 636.

The gods visit the sins of the fathers upon the children.

Phrixus. Frag. 970.

I know, indeed, the evil of that I purpose; but my inclination gets the better of my judgment.

Medea. 1078.

There is in the worst of fortune the best of chances for a happy change.

Iphigenia in Tauris. 721.

Slight not what’s near through aiming at what’s far.

Rhesus. 482.

The company of just and righteous men is better than wealth and a rich estate.

A bad beginning makes a bad ending.