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Euripides
Greek dramatist
(c. 485 - c. 406 BC)



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Be happy, drink, think each day your own as you live it, and leave the rest to fortune.
-- Alcestis, lines 788-789
Alternative translation: Regard this day as yours, but all else is Fortune's.
-- D Kovacs, tr. (1994)

Man's best possession is a sympathetic wife.
-- Antigone, fragment 164

Men say of us that we live a life free from danger at home while they fight wars. How wrong they are! I would rather stand three times in the battle line than bear one child.
-- Medea, line 247

A man is to be envied who has been fortunate in his children, and has avoided dired calamity.
-- Orestes, line 542
Alternative translation: Lucky is the man who has been successful with his children and not got ones who are notorious disasters.
-- M. L. West, tr. (1987)

When one with honeyed words but evil mind
Persuades the mob, great woes befall the state.
-- Orestes, line 907

Quotations about Euripides

I depict men as they ought to be, but Euripides portrays them as they are.
-- Sophocles, Greek dramatist, quoted in Aristotle's Poetics


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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