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The Bacchae:

Slowly but surely withal moveth the might of the gods.

Gods should not resemble men in their anger!

LIfe is short; this being so, who would pursue great things and not bear with what is at hand? These are the ways of madmen and men of evil counsel, at least in my judgment.

Happy the man who from the sea escapes the storm and finds harbor.

Mankind . . . possesses two supreme blessings. First of these is the goddess Demeter, or Earth whichever name you choose to call her by. It was she who gave to man his nourishment of grain. But after her there came the son of Semele, who matched her present by inventing liquid wine as his gift to man. For filled with that good gift, suffering mankind forgets its grief; from it comes sleep; with it oblivion of the troubles of the day. There is no other medicine for misery.

The brash unbridled tongue, the lawless folly of fools, will end in pain. But the life of wise content is blest with quietness, escapes the storm and keeps its house secure.

He who best enjoys each passing day is truly blest.

It is slow to stir, but nonetheless it never fails, the strength of gods; and it brings to correction those of men who honor foolishness and fail to foster things divine in the madness of their judgment.

Cleverness is not wisdom.

It is wise to withhold one's heart and mind from men who think themselves superior.

Do not mistake for wisdom that opinion which may rise from a sick mind.

Even amid bacchic celebrations, the woman who is truly virtuous will not be corrupted.

It’s a wise man’s part to practice a smooth-tempered self-control.

O blessed he who in happiness, knowing the rituals of the gods, makes holy his way of life.

Whatever the multitude, the ordinary people, take as normal and practice, this would I accept.

When a wise man chooses a sane basis for his arguments, it is no great task to speak well.

Medea:

It is said that gifts persuade even the gods.

Great people's tempers are terrible, always
Having their own way, seldom checked,
Dangerous they shift from mood to mood.
How much better to have been accustomed
To live on equal terms with one's neighbors.
I would like to be safe and grow old in a
Humble way. What is moderate sounds best,
Also in practice is best for everyone.
Greatness brings no profit to people.
God indeed, when in anger, brings
Greater ruin to great men's houses.

I know indeed what evil I intend to do,
but stronger than all my afterthoughts is my fury,
fury that brings upon mortals the greatest evils.

There is no benefit in the gifts of a bad man.

What greater grief than the loss of one's native land.

When love is in excess it brings a man no honor nor worthiness.

Moderation, the noblest gift of Heaven.

Let no one think of me that I am humble or weak or passive; let them understand I am of a different kind: dangerous to my enemies, loyal to my friends. To such a life glory belongs.

Of all things upon earth that bleed and grow,
A herb most bruised is woman.

Oh, being a good wife is a fine thing...
As long as it doesn't come to a bust-up.

When someone isn't seen for a long time,
Well, folk soon begin to imagine the worst.

Aren't we of all god's creatures the most unlucky,
We women? First we have to buy our husbands--
Actually pay for a man to lord it over us...
Think yourself lucky if you get a good one;
It isn't done for women to divorce,
Oh no. And what preparation do we get
For marriage? None. If you do find you're able
To live with him, you're lucky. If you don't,
YOu've had it. Compare us with a man;
If a man no longer fancies the wife he has,
He's off, and battens on to another woman.
But we're chained to one person; everything
Depends on him. Oh I know what they say--
We live a safe, comfortable life at home,
While they go out to war, risk life and limb,
Fighting with swords and spears to protect us.
I'd far rather serve in the front line
A dozen times, than go through childbirth once!

Women don't like violence,
But when their husbands desert them, that is different.

You women are all the same, if bed's all right,
You think everything else can go to the wind.
But if there's any infringement of your bed-rights,
Then fair is foul and all hell's let loose.

There is no bitterness to be compared
With that between two people who once loved.

May he die with no joy at his end,
The man who won't be troubled
To unlock the keys of his heart and make a friend.

Children are sweet as the buds in spring,
But I've noticed that those who have them
Have nothing but trouble all their lives.

God in heaven has dominion
Over so many events.
He can frustrate what seems inevitable,
And bring to pass the thing that you least expect.

In life, the worst disasters come from passion.

Some men may be more fortunate than others
As chance has it; but no one's happy--no one.

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