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A statue of Aeschylus

Aeschylus (Greek: Αἰσχύλος, 525 BC – 456 BC) was a playwright of Ancient Greece. He is the earliest of the three Greek tragedians whose plays are not entirely lost, the others being Sophocles and Euripides.


  • "And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God."
Simple: And even while we are sleeping, pain that cannot forget falls, drop by drop, upon our heart, and in our own complete sadness, even when we do not want to, God's way of being kind, that is great and that we fear, lets us start to be wiser.
  • "Call no man happy till he is dead."    
Simple: Do not say a person is happy until he is dead.
  • "It is an easy thing for one whose foot is on the outside of calamity to give advice and to rebuke the sufferer."
Simple: It is easy for someone who is standing outside of (not suffering from) disaster to be a critic of someone who is suffering from disaster.
  • "It is not the oath that makes us believe the man, but the man the oath."
Simple: When a man makes a promise, the promise doesn't make us believe that what the man says is true. But when someone is a good man, then we believe the promise.
  • "Time brings all things to pass."    
Simple: Time makes all things happen.

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