Euripides Quotes about Character & Virtue


“Let no one think of me that I am humble or weak or passive; let them understand I am of a different kind: dangerous to my enemies, loyal to my friends. To such a life glory belongs.”

– Euripides, Medea and Other Plays


“Humility, a sense of reverence before the sons of heaven — of all the prizes that a mortal man might win, these, I say, are wisest; these are best.”

– Euripides, Bacchæ l. 1150.


“The company of just and righteous men is better than wealth and a rich estate.”

– Euripides, Ægeus, Frag. 7.


“Cleverness is not wisdom. And not to think mortal thoughts is to see few days.”

– Euripides, Bacchæ l. 395.


“To the fool, he who speaks wisdom will sound foolish.”

– Euripides, Bacchæ l. 480


“Cowards do not count in battle; they are there, but not in it.”

– Euripides, Meleager Frag. 523.


“The good and the wise lead quiet lives.”

– Euripides


“Anger exceeding limits causes fear and excessive kindness eliminates respect.”

– Euripides


“A coward turns away, but a brave man’s choice is danger.”

– Euripides, Iphigenia in Tauris (c. 412 BC) l. 114.


“There is one thing alone that stands the brunt of life throughout its course: a quiet conscience.”

– Euripides, Hippolytus


“Human misery must somewhere have a stop; there is no wind that always blows a storm; great good fortune comes to failure in the end. All is change; all yields its place and goes; to persevere, trusting in what hopes he has, is courage in a man. The coward despairs.”

– Euripides

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Euripides Quotes about Death


“When good men die their goodness does not perish, but lives though they are gone. As for the bad, all that was theirs dies and is buried with them.

Who knows but life be that which men call death,

And death what men call life?”

– Euripides, Phrixus, Frag. 830.


“Oh, if I had Orpheus’ voice and poetry

with which to move the Dark Maid and her Lord,

I’d call you back, dear love, from the world below.

I’d go down there for you. Charon or the grim

King’s dog could not prevent me then

from carrying you up into the fields of light.”

– Euripides, Alcestis


“Old men’s prayers for death are lying prayers, in which they abuse old age and long extent of life. But when death draws near, not one is willing to die, and age no longer is a burden to them.”

– Euripides, Alcestis

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Euripides Quotes about Destiny & Fate


“The nobly born must nobly meet his fate.”

– Euripides, Alcmene, Frag. 100.


“There is in the worst of fortune the best of chances for a happy change.”

– Euripides, Iphigenia in Tauris (c. 412 BC) l. 721.


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

– Euripides, Alcestis


“Today’s today. Tomorrow we may be

ourselves gone down the drain of Eternity.”

– Euripides, Alcestis


“I have found power in the mysteries of thought,

exaltation in the changing of the Muses;

I have been versed in the reasonings of men;

but Fate is stronger than anything I have known.”

– Euripides, Alcestis

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Euripides Quotes about Freedom


“Who dares not speak his free thoughts is a slave.”

– Euripides, The Phoenician Women (c.411-409 BC).


“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.”

– Euripides, Euripides

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Euripides Quotes about Life

Euripides Quotes about Life

“A bad beginning makes a bad ending.”

– Euripides, Ægeus, Frag. 7.


“Nothing has more strength than dire necessity.”

– Euripides, Helen (412 BC), as translated by Richmond Lattimore


“My tongue swore, but my mind was still unpledged.”

– Euripides, Hippolytus


“Chance fights ever on the side of the prudent.”

– Euripides, Pirithous


“I hold that mortal foolish who strives against the stress of necessity.”

– Euripides, Hercules Furens l. 281.


“In case of dissension, never dare to judge till you’ve heard the other side.”

– Euripides, Heraclidæ (c 428 BC); quoted by Aristophanes in The Wasps.


“Leave no stone unturned.”

– Euripides, Heraclidæ (c 428 BC).


“Ares (The God of War) hates those who hesitate.”

– Euripides, Heraclidæ (c 428 BC) line 722.


“Ignorance of one’s misfortunes is clear gain.”

– Euripides, Antiope, Frag. 204.


“The variety of all things forms a pleasure.”

– Euripides, Orestes


“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.”

– Euripides, Bellerophon, Fragment 298; quoted in Plutarch’s Morals : Ethical Essays (1888) edited and translated by Arthur Richard Shilleto, p. 293.

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Euripides Quotes about Love


“It is a good thing to be rich and strong, but it is a better thing to be loved.”

– Euripides


“Woman is woman’s natural ally.”

– Euripides, Alope, Frag. 109.


“Stronger than lover’s love is lover’s hate. Incurable, in each, the wounds they make.”

– Euripides, Medea


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

– Euripides, Orestes


“O lady, nobility is thine, and thy form is the reflection of thy nature!”

– Euripides, Ion (c. 421-408 BC) l. 238.


“Man’s best possession is a sympathetic wife.”

– Euripides, Antigone, Frag 164.


“Never say that marriage has more of joy than pain.”

– Euripides, Alcestis

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Euripides Quotes about Religion & Faith

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“Dionysus: He who believes needs no explanation.

– Euripides, Pentheus: What’s the worth in believing worthless things?


Dionysus: Much worth, but not worth telling you, it seems.”

– Euripides, Bacchae” l. 472, as translated by Colin Teevan (2002)


“Doth some one say that there be gods above?

There are not; no, there are not. Let no fool,

Led by the old false fable, thus deceive you.

Look at the facts themselves, yielding my words

No undue credence: for I say that kings

Kill, rob, break oaths, lay cities waste by fraud,

And doing thus are happier than those

Who live calm pious lives day after day. All divinity

Is built-up from our good and evil luck.”

– Euripides, Bellerophon.


“The gods visit the sins of the fathers upon the children.”

– Euripides, Phrixus, Frag. 970.


“Slow but sure moves the might of the gods.”

– Euripides, Bacchæ l. 882


“I sacrifice to no god save myself — And to my belly, greatest of deities.”

– Euripides, The Cyclops


“God helps him who strives hard.”

– Euripides, Eumenidae.


“I think,

Some shrewd man first, a man in judgment wise,

Found for mortals the fear of gods,

Thereby to frighten the wicked should they

Even act or speak or scheme in secret.”

– Euripides, Sisyphus, as translated by R. G. Bury, and revised by J. Garrett.


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

The sweetest teaching did he introduce,

Concealing truth under untrue speech.

The place he spoke of as the gods’ abode

Was that by which he might awe humans most, —

The place from which, he knew, terrors came to mortals

And things advantageous in their wearisome life —

The revolving heaven above, in which dwell

The lightnings, and awesome claps

Of thunder, and the starry face of heaven,

Beautiful and intricate by that wise craftsman Time, —

From which, too, the meteor’s glowing mass speeds

And wet thunderstorm pours forth upon the earth.”

– Euripides, Sisyphus as translated by R. G. Bury, and revised by J. Garrett

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Euripides Quotes about Society


“When one with honeyed words but evil mind

Persuades the mob, great woes befall the state.”

– Euripides, Orestes


“The man who melts with social sympathy, though not allied, is more worth than a thousand kinsmen.”

– Euripides, Orestes


“There is nothing more hostile to a city that a tyrant, under whom in the first and chiefest place, there are not laws in common, but one man, keeping the law himself to himself, has the sway, and this is no longer equal.”

– Euripides

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Euripides Quotes about Sorrow & Hate


“For nothing is like the sorrow or supersedes the sadness of losing your native land.”

– Euripides, Medea


“A second wife is hateful to the children of the first; A viper is not more hateful.”

– Euripides

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Euripides Quotes about Time


“Time will explain it all. He is a talker, and needs no questioning before he speaks.”

– Euripides, Ægeus, Frag. 7.


“Waste not fresh tears over old griefs.”

– Euripides, Alexander Frag. 44.


“Sweet is the remembrance of troubles when you are in safety.”

– Euripides, Andromeda.


“Time cancels young pain.”

– Euripides, Alcestis

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Euripides Quotes about Wealth


“I care for riches, to make gifts

To friends, or lead a sick man back to health

With ease and plenty. Else small aid is wealth

For daily gladness; once a man be done

With hunger, rich and poor are all as one.”

– Euripides, Electra (413 BC).


“Toil, says the proverb, is the sire of fame.”

– Euripides, Licymnius, Frag. 477.


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

– Euripides, Œdipus, Frag. 546.

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Euripides Quotes about Wisdom


“Question everything. Learn something. Answer nothing.”

– Euripides


“Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.”

–  Euripides, Bacchae


“Cleverness is not wisdom.”

– Euripides, Bacchae


“Where two discourse, if the one’s anger rise,

The man who lets the contest fall is wise.”

– Euripides, Protesilaus Frag. 656.


“Slight not what ‘s near through aiming at what’s far.”

– Euripides, Rhesus (c. 435 BC) line 482.


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

– Euripides, Phrixus, Frag. 927.

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