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Events will take their course, it is no good of being angry at them; he is happiest who wisely turns them to the best account.
Euripides (Bellerophon)
Whoever yields properly to Fate, is deemed
Wise among men, and knows the laws of heaven.
Euripides
When one with honeyed words but evil mind
Persuades the mob, great woes befall the state.
Euripides (Orestes, 408 BCE)
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.
Euripides (Temenidae)
There is one thing alone, that stands the brunt of life throughout its course: a quiet conscience.
Euripides (Hippolytus, 428 BCE)
The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise man.
Euripides
If a man rejoice not in his drinking, he is mad; for in drinking it's possible ... to fondle breasts, and to caress well tended locks, and there is dancing withal, and oblivion of woe.
Euripides (Cyclops)
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.
Euripides (Alcestis, 438 BCE)
I have found power in the mysteries of thought,
exaltation in the changing of the Muses;
I have been versed in the reasonings of men;
but Fate is stronger than anything I have known.
Euripides (Alcestis, 438 BCE)
There are three classes of citizens. The first are the rich, who are indolent and yet always crave more. The second are the poor, who have nothing, are full of envy, hate the rich, and are easily led by demagogues. Between the two extremes lie those who make the state secure and uphold the laws.
Euripides (The Suppliants, 423 BCE)
I care for riches, to make gifts
To friends, or lead a sick man back to health
With ease and plenty. Else small aid is wealth
For daily gladness; once a man be done
With hunger, rich and poor are all as one.
Euripides (Electra, 413 BCE)
Dreams, lies, lies, dreams - nothing but emptiness!
Even the gods with all Their name for wisdom,
Have only dreams and lies and lose Their course,
Blinded, confused, and ignorant as we.
The wisest men follow their own direction
And listen to no prophet guiding them.
None but the fools believe in oracles,
Forsaking their own judgment.
Euripides (Iphigenia in Tauris, 414 BCE)
Why wave me off warning me of blood?
Are you afraid mere words would pollute me?
What do I care if your misfortunes fall
on me? You were my good friend once:
You saved me from the dead, brought me back to light.
I loathe a friend whose gratitude grows old,
a friend who takes his friend's prosperity
but will not voyage with him in his grief,
Rise up; uncover that afflicted head
and look on us. This is courage in a man:
to bear unflinchingly what heaven sends.
Euripides (Heracles - Part II, 416 BCE)
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Euripides Biography

Born: 480 BCE
Died: 406 BCE

Euripides was a Greek tragedian. Alongside Aeschylus and Sophocles he is one of the three great Athenian tragedians. Euripides has had an influence on drama throughout history.

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Alcestis (438 BCE)
Medea (431 BCE)
Heracleidae (c. 430 BCE)
The Suppliants (423 BCE)
Iphigenia in Tauris (414 BCE)
Orestes (408 BCE)
Bacchae (405 BCE)
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