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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

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Aeschylus. (525–456 B.C.)
    I would far rather be ignorant than wise in the foreboding of evil. 1
          Suppliants, 453.
    “Honour thy father and thy mother” stands written among the three laws of most revered righteousness. 2
          Suppliants, 707.
    Words are the physicians of a mind diseased. 3
          Prometheus, 378.
    Time as he grows old teaches many lessons.
          Prometheus, 981.
    God’s mouth knows not to utter falsehood, but he will perform each word. 4
          Prometheus, 1032.
    Learning is ever in the freshness of its youth, even for the old. 5
          Agamemnon, 584.
    Few men have the natural strength to honour a friend’s success without envy…. I well know that mirror of friendship, shadow of a shade.
          Agamemnon, 832.
    Exiles feed on hope.
          Agamemnon, 1668.
    Success is man’s god.
          Choephoræ, 59.
Note 1.
See Gray, Quotation 10. [back]
Note 2.
The three great laws ascribed to Triptolemus are referred to,—namely, to honour parents; to worship the gods with the fruits of the earth; to hurt no living creature. The first two laws are also ascribed to the centaur Cheiron. [back]
Note 3.
Apt words have power to suage
The tumours of a troubl’d mind.
John Milton: Samson Agonistes. [back]
Note 4.
God is not a man that he should lie;… hath he said, and shall he not do it?—Numbers xxiii. 19. [back]
Note 5.
See Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Quotation 58. [back]