God loves to help him who strives to help himself.
He who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.
There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief.
From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow.
Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.
Obedience is the mother of success and is wedded to safety.
For know that no one is free, except Zeus.
Be bold and boast, just like the cock beside the hen.
God always strives together with those who strive.
Destiny waits alike for the free man as well as for him enslaved by another’s might.
I, schooled in misery, know many purifying rites, and I know where speech is proper and where silence.
There is no sickness worse for me than words that to be kind must lie.
It is an easy thing for one whose foot is on the outside of calamity to give advice and to rebuke the sufferer.
By polluting clear water with slime you will never find good drinking water.
Death is easier than a wretched life; and better never to have born than to live and fare badly.
I know how men in exile feed on dreams.
Ah, lives of men! When prosperous they glitter – Like a fair picture; when misfortune comes – A wet sponge at one blow has blurred the painting.
For the impious act begets more after it, like to the parent stock.
The man who does ill must suffer ill.
It is best for the wise man not to seem wise.
Of all the gods only death does not desire gifts.
For the poison of hatred seated near the heart doubles the burden for the one who suffers the disease; he is burdened with his own sorrow, and groans on seeing another’s happiness.
It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.
In every tyrant’s heart there springs in the end this poison, that he cannot trust a friend.
Self-will in the man who does not reckon wisely is by itself the weakest of all things.
It is good even for old men to learn wisdom.
When a man’s willing and eager the god’s join in.
Death is softer by far than tyranny.
To be free from evil thoughts is God’s best gift.
What is there more kindly than the feeling between host and guest?
Married love between man and woman is bigger than oaths guarded by right of nature.
The words of truth are simple.
The wisest of the wise may err.
I would rather be ignorant than knowledgeable of evils.
Everyone’s quick to blame the alien.
What atonement is there for blood spilt upon the earth?
When strength is yoked with justice, where is a mightier pair than they?
There are times when fear is good. It must keep its watchful place at the heart’s controls.
Memory is the mother of all wisdom.
It is easy when we are in prosperity to give advice to the afflicted.
It is always in season for old men to learn.
Excessive fear is always powerless.
Only when a man’s life comes to its end in prosperity dare we pronounce him happy.
For there is no defense for a man who, in the excess of his wealth, has kicked the great altar of Justice out of sight.
His resolve is not to seem the bravest, but to be.
You have been trapped in the inescapable net of ruin by your own want of sense.
Alas for the affairs of men! When they are fortunate you might compare them to a shadow; and if they are unfortunate, a wet sponge with one dash wipes the picture away.
Wisdom comes alone through suffering.
Words are the physicians of a mind diseased.
The evils of mortals are manifold; nowhere is trouble of the same wing seen.
In the lack of judgment great harm arises, but one vote cast can set right a house.
Whenever a man makes haste, God too hastens with him.
For somehow this disease inheres in tyranny, never to trust one’s friends.
My friends, whoever has had experience of evils knows how whenever a flood of ills comes upon mortals, a man fears everything; but whenever a divine force cheers on our voyage, then we believe that the same fate will always blow fair.
Time brings all things to pass.
He who goes unenvied shall not be admired.
The man whose authority is recent is always stern.
When a match has equal partners then I fear not.
It is not the oath that makes us believe the man, but the man the oath.
Who, except the gods, can live time through forever without any pain?
Too few rejoice at a friend’s good fortune.
God’s most lordly gift to man is decency of mind.
God lends a helping hand to the man who tries hard.
Time as he grows old teaches all things.
It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish.
Since long I’ve held silence a remedy for harm.
For a murderous blow let murderous blow atone.
And one who is just of his own free will shall not lack for happiness; and he will never come to utter ruin.
The one knowing what is profitable, and not the man knowing many things, is wise.
We must pronounce him fortunate who has ended his life in fair prosperity.
It is a light thing for whoever keeps his foot outside trouble to advise and counsel him that suffers.
Unions in wedlock are perverted by the victory of shameless passion that masters the female among men and beasts.
What exists outside is a man’s concern; let no woman give advice; and do no mischief within doors.
We shall perish by guile just as we slew.
I have learned to hate all traitors, and there is no disease that I spit on more than treachery.
A god implants in mortal guilt whenever he wants utterly to confound a house.
I willingly speak to those who know, but for those who do not know I forget.
To mourn and bewail your ill-fortune, when you will gain a tear from those who listen, this is worth the trouble.
If you pour oil and vinegar into the same vessel, you would call them not friends but opponents.
For this is the mark of a wise and upright man, not to rail against the gods in misfortune.
There is no disgrace in an enemy suffering ill at an enemy’s hand, when you hate mutually.
Search well and be wise, nor believe that self-willed pride will ever be better than good counsel.
By Time and Age full many things are taught.
Whoever is new to power is always harsh.
Justice turns the scale, bringing to some learning through suffering.
But time growing old teaches all things.
It is an ill thing to be the first to bring news of ill.
I say you must not win an unjust case by oaths.
Mourn for me rather as living than as dead.
Don’t you know this, that words are doctors to a diseased temperment?
Of prosperity mortals can never have enough.
For hostile word let hostile word be paid.
Know not to revere human things too much.
What good is it to live a life that brings pains?
Neither a life of anarchy nor one beneath a despot should you praise; to all that lies in the middle a god has given excellence.
Bronze in the mirror of the form, wine of the mind.
For children preserve the fame of a man after his death.
And though all streams flow from a single course to cleanse the blood from polluted hand, they hasten on their course in vain.
The anvil of justice is planted firm, and fate who makes the sword does the forging in advance.
If a man suffers ill, let it be without shame; for this is the only profit when we are dead. You will never say a good word about deeds that are evil and disgraceful.
Who apart from the gods is without pain for his whole lifetime’s length?