of classical Athens
, the other two being Aeschylus
. Some ancient scholars attributed ninety-five plays to him but according to the Suda
it was ninety-two at most. Of these, eighteen or nineteen have survived complete (there has been debate about his authorship of Rhesus
, largely on stylistic grounds) and there are also fragments, some substantial, of most of the other plays.
The company of just and righteous men is better than wealth and a rich estate.
Time will explain it all. He is a talker, and needs no questioning before he speaks.
Waste not fresh tears over old griefs.
Sweet is the remembrance of troubles when you are in safety.
Cleverness is not wisdom. And not to think mortal thoughts is to see few days.
Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.
Slow but sure moves the might of the gods.
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.
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.
I sacrifice to no god save myself — And to my belly, greatest of deities.