“Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.”

“For mortals, there is no delivery from death, but with honour, one can build a monument more lasting than brass.”

“The dead, the only ones competent to tell the tale of the living, are silent forever.”

“Death is a debt we all must pay.”

“Death is softer by far than tyranny.”

“Neither pity nor regret can ever bring the dead back to life.”

“Wise are they who have learned that the world has no place for cowards.”

“No one is happy all his life long.”

“Luck is not in your hands, but work can put you in the way of good luck.”

“God watches over mantles and the guilty ones wear out their life in suffering.”

“Chaos, whether in marriage or in political life, always breeds monsters.”

“Zeus brings winter and summer alike to men, and reserves the destruction of evil for His own punishment.”

“An evil fate has led them into battle; one inescapable doom threads its way through their lives.”

“There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief.”

“Yield to the dead.”

“The dead have wasted their strength; the living must negotiate the trial that lies ahead.”

“For a little while, let them measure measureless heaven with the spirit of man * * * They will find that the wisdom of the Earth, that they, themselves, share, heights up into these heavens.”

“Man’s noblest gift in life: the power to think.”

“Justice shines bright and will not be dimmed when life’s illusions are laid bare.”

“For he that loves wisdom comes nearest to the gods.”

“Human laws are not eternal; they were fashioned by man’s flawed intelligence.”

“The heart of man is a wandering shape-shifter that rides on the most diverse spirits.”

“It is the fate of mortals not to be able to aspire to all thy wishes; want is our lot, and plenty never.”

“No man who loves peace and moderation has enemies.”

“Resolve to make thyself a cipher, and to refrain from speech if thou find thyself watched; or if there be any advantage in speaking, know well when to speak and which occasion to seize.”

“Silence is the herald of joy, and rare: it followed me from the house of the dead to the place of judgment.”

“For Fate has willed it so, and not by any mortal’s voice was Clytemnestra’s life taken. I would not be witness too.”

“Joy is no easy matter on a death day; but I take pride in these things.”

“The wise learn many things from their enemies.”

“Make your losses means for your gains.”