60 Euripides quotes

Euripides was a tragedian of classical Athens. Along with Aeschylus and Sophocles, he is one of the three ancient Greek tragedians for whom a significant number of plays have survived


Medea, 431 BC
Hippolytus, 428 BC
Electra, c. 420 BC
The Trojan Women, c. 415 BC
Bacchae, 405 BC


One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives.

The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise man.

Ten soldiers wisely led will beat a hundred without a head.

Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.

Whoso neglects learning in his youth, loses the past and is dead for the future.

Some wisdom you must learn from one who’s wise.

Slight not what’s near through aiming at what’s far.

Silver and gold are not the only coin; virtue too passes current all over the world.

Silence is true wisdom’s best reply.

Prosperity is full of friends.

The best of seers is he who guesses well.

One does nothing who tries to console a despondent person with word. A friend is one who aids with deeds at a critical time when deeds are called for.

Nothing has more strength than dire necessity.

No one who lives in error is free.

No one is truly free, they are a slave to wealth, fortune, the law, or other people restraining them from acting according to their will.

Question everything. Learn something. Answer nothing.

This is slavery, not to speak one’s thought.

Youth is the best time to be rich, and the best time to be poor.

He was a wise man who originated the idea of God.

When a man’s stomach is full it makes no difference whether he is rich or poor.

No one is happy all his life long.

‘Twas but my tongue, ’twas not my soul that swore.

To persevere, trusting in what hopes he has, is courage in a man.

Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all: only our characters are steadfast, not our gold.

Those whom God wishes to destroy, he first makes mad.

The bold are helpless without cleverness.

There is the sky, which is all men’s together.

There is just one life for each of us: our own.

The wavering mind is but a base possession.

The lucky person passes for a genius.

The greatest pleasure of life is love.

The good and the wise lead quiet lives.

To a father growing old nothing is dearer than a daughter.

Cleverness is not wisdom.

I would prefer as friend a good man ignorant than one more clever who is evil too.

Forgive, son; men are men; they needs must err.

Events will take their course, it is no good of being angry at them; he is happiest who wisely turns them to the best account.

Down on your knees, and thank heaven, fasting, for a good man’s love.

Do not plan for ventures before finishing what’s at hand.

Friends show their love in times of trouble.

Danger gleams like sunshine to a brave man’s eyes.

God hates violence. He has ordained that all men fairly possess their property, not seize it.

Chance fights ever on the side of the prudent.

But learn that to die is a debt we must all pay.

Better a serpent than a stepmother!

Authority is never without hate.

Among mortals second thoughts are wisest.

Along with success comes a reputation for wisdom.

Do not consider painful what is good for you.

It’s not beauty but fine qualities, my girl, that keep a husband.

New faces have more authority than accustomed ones.

Much effort, much prosperity.

Luckier than one’s neighbor, but still not happy.

Love is all we have, the only way that each can help the other.

Life has no blessing like a prudent friend.

Fortune truly helps those who are of good judgment.

Joint undertakings stand a better chance when they benefit both sides.

No one can confidently say that he will still be living tomorrow.

In misfortune, which friend remains a friend?

Impudence is the worst of all human diseases.

Ignorance of one’s misfortunes is clear gain.

Human misery must somewhere have a stop; there is no wind that always blows a storm.

He is not a lover who does not love forever.

Happiness is brief. It will not stay. God batters at its sails.

Leave no stone unturned.