Quotations by Euripides


It is a good thing to be rich, it is a good thing to be strong, but it is a better thing to be beloved of many friends.

Euripides (485?-406? BC) Greek tragic dramatist
(Attributed)
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Everyone asks if a man is rich, no one if he is good.

Euripides (485?-406? BC) Greek tragic dramatist
(Attributed)

Quoted in Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholia, 1.2.4.6 (1621-51).
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Those whom God wishes to destroy, he first makes mad.

Euripides (485?-406? BC) Greek tragic dramatist
(Misattributed)

Frequently cited as a fragment, but not actually in his known writings. Similar phrases, attributed to old sayings, predate Euripides. For more see here.

See also Oates and Beard.
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Waste not fresh tears over old griefs.

Euripides (485?-406? BC) Greek tragic dramatist
Alexander, Fragment 44
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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 (485?-406? BC) Greek tragic dramatist
Electra (413 BC)
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Neither earth nor ocean
produces a creature as savage and monstrous
as woman.

Euripides (485?-406? BC) Greek tragic dramatist
Hecuba, l. 1180 [tr. Arrowsmith (1956)]
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Those whose cause is just will never lack good arguments.

Euripides (485?-406? BC) Greek tragic dramatist
Hecuba, l. 1235 (trans. W. Arrowsmith (1956))
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No man on earth is truly free,
All are slaves of money or necessity.
Public opinion or fear of prosecution
forces each one, against his conscience,
to conform.

Euripides (485?-406? BC) Greek tragic dramatist
Hecuba, l. 860 [tr. W.Arrowsmith (1956)]
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The common interests
of states and individuals alike demand
that good and evil receive their just rewards.

Euripides (485?-406? BC) Greek tragic dramatist
Hecuba, l. 900 [tr. Arrowsmith (1964)]
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A man’s most valuable trait is a judicious sense of what not to believe.

Euripides (485?-406? BC) Greek tragic dramatist
Helen (412 BC)
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A man’s most valuable trait is a judicious sense of what not to believe.

Euripides (485?-406? BC) Greek tragic dramatist
Helen (412 BC)
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All is change; all yields its place and goes.

Euripides (485?-406? BC) Greek tragic dramatist
Heracles (421-416 B.C.)
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To persevere, trusting in what hopes he has,
Is courage in a man.  The coward despairs.

Euripides (485?-406? BC) Greek tragic dramatist
Heracles, l. 100 [tr. W. Arrowsmith (1956)]
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Courage: to bear unflinchingly what heaven sends.

Euripides (485?-406? BC) Greek tragic dramatist
Heracles, l. 1225 [tr. W. Arrowsmith (1956)]
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Where two discourse, if the one’s anger rise,
The man who lets the contest fall is wise.

Euripides (485?-406? BC) Greek tragic dramatist
Protesilaus, fragment 656

Also attributed to Plutarch.
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Slight not what’s near through aiming at what’s far.

Euripides (485?-406? BC) Greek tragic dramatist
Rhesus, 482
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But this is slavery, not to speak one’s thought.

Euripides (485?-406? BC) Greek tragic dramatist
The Phoenician Women, l. 392
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