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c. 525-456 BC, Greek tragedian

Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.
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Few men have the natural strength to honour a friend's succes without envy.
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In every tyrant's heart there springs in the end this poison, that he cannot trust a friend.
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It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish.
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In war, truth is the first casualty.
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There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief.
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It is not the oath that makes us believe the man, but the man the oath.
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Better to die on your feet than live on your knees.
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Success is man's God.
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To be free from evil thoughts is God's best gift.
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There are times when fear is good. It must keep its watchful place at the heart's controls.
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Men in exile feed on dreams.
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Tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.
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Call no man happy till he is dead.
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Who, except the gods, can live time through forever without any pain?
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Memory is the mother of all wisdom.
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The wisest of the wise may err.
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What is pleasanter than the tie of host and guest?
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It is easy when we are in prosperity to give advice to the afflicted.
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Suffering brings experience.
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Destiny waits alike for the free man as well as for him enslaved by another's might.
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Words are doctors for the diseased temper.
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It is the nature of mortals to kick a fallen man.
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It is always in season for old men to learn.
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It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.
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There is no sickness worse for me than words that to be kind must lie.
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I would far rather be ignorant than knowledgeable of evil.
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I pray the gods will give me some relief,
And end this weary job. One long full year,
I've been lying here, on this rooftop,
The palace of the sons of Atreus,
Resting on my arms, just like a dog.
I've come to know the night sky, every star,
The powers we see glittering in the sky,
Bringing winter and summer to us all,
As the constellations rise and sink.
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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 despite, against our will,
Comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.
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When a man's willing and eager, the gods join in.
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The future you shall know when it has come; before then forget it.
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Sweet is a grief well ended.
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