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  • Striking his former happiness against the reef of justice he has perished unwept for and unseen.
    Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Eumenides, l. 563.

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  • I say you must not win an unjust case by oaths.
    Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Eumenides, l. 433.
  • Of all the gods only death does not desire gifts.
    Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 147.

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  • The one knowing what is profitable, and not the man knowing many things, is wise.
    Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 271.
  • Zeus is the air, Zeus the earth, Zeus all things and what transcends them all.
    Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 295.
  • A god implants in mortal guilt whenever he wants utterly to confound a house.
    Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 151.

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  • To mourn and bewail your ill-fortune, when you will gain a tear from those who listen, this is worth the trouble.
    Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Prometheus Bound, l. 637.
  • It is not the oath that makes us believe the man, but the man the oath.
    Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek dramatist. Fragments, no. 385, trans. by M.H. Morgan.

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  • Oaths are not the credit of men but men of oaths.
    Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 276.
  • Death is easier than a wretched life; and better never to have born than to live and fare badly.
    Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 984.

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