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ca. 497 - 406 BC, Greek playwright

One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love.
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War never slays a bad man in its course, but the good always!
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Reason is God's crowning gift to man.
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Money: There's nothing in the world so demoralizing as money.
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Wisdom outweighs any wealth.
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Of all human ills, greatest is fortune's wayward tyranny.
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The tyrant is a child who drinks from his great sickening cup recklessness and vanity, until
from his high crest headlong he plummets to the dust of hope.
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Knowledge must come through action; you can have no test which is not fanciful, save by
trial.
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Grief teaches the steadiest minds to waver.
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For God hates utterly the bray of bragging tongues.
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Athens, nurse of men.
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No man loves life like him that's growing old.
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Time eases all things.
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Men of ill judgement oft ignore the good that lies within their hands, till they have lost it.
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Anarchy! Anarchy! Show me a greater evil! This is why cities tumble and the great houses
rain down, this is what scatters armies!
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Not to be born surpasses thought and speech. The second best is to have seen the light and
then to go back quickly whence we came.
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All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs
the evil. The only crime is pride.
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They are not wise, then, who stand forth to buffet against love; for love rules the gods as he
will, and me.
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But since we are all likely to go astray, the reasonable thing is to learn from those who can
teach.
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The greatest griefs are those we cause ourselves.
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But all your strength is weakness itself against the immortal unrecorded laws of God.
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Truly, to tell lies is not honorable; but when the truth entails tremendous ruin, to speak
dishonorably is pardonable.
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Nobody likes the man who brings bad news.
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The good befriend themselves.
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To him who is in fear everything rustles.
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For kindness begets kindness evermore, but he from whose mind fades the memory of
benefits, noble is he no more.
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There is no success without hardship.
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How dreadful knowledge of the truth can be when there's no help in truth!
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Show me the man who keeps his house in hand, he's fit for public authority.
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Numberless are the world's wonders, but none more wonderful than man.
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Children are the anchors that hold a mother to life.
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