“Nothing forces us to know
What we do not want to know
“There is advantage in the wisdom won from pain.”
“ATHENA: You wish to be called righteous rather than act right. [...] I say, wrong must not win by technicalities.”
“A great ox stands on my tongue.”
“We spoil ourselves with scruples long as things go well.”
“They came back
To fatherless children,
To screams, to sobbing.
The men came back
As little clay jars
Full of sharp cinders.”
“Alas, poor men, their destiny. When all goes well a shadow will overthrow it. If it be unkind one stroke of a wet sponge wipes all the picture out; and that is far the most unhappy thing of all.
“But there is a cure in the house,
and not outside it, no,
not from others but from them,
their bloody strife. We sing to you,
dark gods beneath the earth.”
Over the beast doomed to the fire
this is the chant, scatter of wits,
frenzy and fear, hurting the heart,
song of the Furies
binding brain and blighting blood
in its stringless melody.”
“Neither the life of anarchy nor the life enslaved by tyrants, no, worship neither. Strike the balance all in all and god will give you power.”
“Horror gives place to wonder at your true account;
The rest outstrips our comprehension; we give up.”
“Only when man's life comes to its end in prosperity can one call that man fortunate.”
“Pain both ways and what is worse?”
“لا توافق على العيش في ظل الفوضى، ولا في ظل الاستبداد”
“Pour everything out for the blood you have shed, you're wasting your time in appeasing the dead.”
“I have suffered into truth (...) Time refines all things that age with time”
“CHORUS: Helen! wild mad Helen
you murdered so many beneath Troy.
Now you’ve crowned yourself one final perfect time,
a crown of blood that will not wash away.
Strife walks with you everywhere you go.
KLYTAIMESTRA: Oh, stop whining.
And why get angry at Helen?
As if she singlehandedly destroyed those multitudes of men.
As if she all alone made this wound in us”
“لا يمكن أن يقال إنه لا يحق للمرء أن يأخذ العدالة بيده، كما يقال في هذه الأيام، لأن العدالة إما أن تطبق على جميع الجرائم، أو لاتطبق أبدا . وفي هذه الحالة الأخيرة يحق لمن وقع عليه الأذى أن يأخذ العدالة بيده فيقابل الشر بالشر دون أن يسرف”
“But to speak ill of people at hand who give no cause for blame, is to assume a right far distinct from justice.”
“أيها الملك أنت تعلم ما معنى العدل، ومن ثم تعلم أيضا أن تكون يقظا. إن قوتك ضمان لإحسانك”
“Ill is the very word to speak, for none Can ransom or atone For blood once shed and darkening the plain.”
“إن من التقوى مجازاة الجريمة بالجريمة”
“No shame, I think, in the death given this man. And did he not first of all in this house wreak death by treachery? 1525 The flower of this man’s love and mine, Iphigeneia of the many tears— he dealt with her even as he has suffered now.° So let his speech in Death’s house be not loud. With the sword he struck; with the sword he paid for his own act.”
“Look at him, look how he drips unhealth—shudder object!”
“But who can recount all 595 the high daring in the will of man, and in the stubborn hearts of women the all-adventurous passions that couple with man’s overthrow.”
“Right’s anvil stands staunch on the ground and the smith, Destiny, hammers out the sword. Delayed in glory, pensive from 650 the murk, Vengeance brings home at last a child, to wipe out the stain of blood shed long ago.”
“I shall select judges of manslaughter, and swear them in, establish a court into all time to come. 485 Litigants, call your witnesses, have ready your proofs as evidence under bond to keep this case secure. I will pick the finest of my citizens, and come back. They shall swear to make no judgment that is not just, and make clear where in this action the truth lies.”
“But Righteousness still shines out in the smoke of mean houses. 775 Her blessing is on the just man. From high halls starred with gold by reeking hands she turns back with eyes that glance away to the simple in heart, spurning the strength of gold 780 stamped false with flattery. And all things she steers to fulfillment.”
“But he's a missing person nobody's going to miss much.”
“truth provides the most diplomatic answer): “I don’t believe I’ve ever attended one since I was your age where I didn’t feel, beforehand, an oppressive dread at the isolation that can reign in a large enough group of even the most intimate friends, much less an admixture of intimates, acquaintances, and strangers. Still, so much of my social education has been effected in such gatherings, so many true friendships have had their beginnings in meetings much like yours and mine, that I feel these affairs must not only be endured, but negotiated with a certain energy, if not commitment.”
“On some positions, Cowardice asks the question, “Is it safe?” Expediency asks the question, “Is it politic?” And Vanity comes along and asks the question, “Is it popular?” But Conscience asks the question, “Is it right?”... The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of convenience, but where he stands in moments of challenge, moments of great crisis and controversy.”
“We did it," he muttered to Ekaterin, now perching on the chair arm. "Why didn't anybody stop us? Why aren't there more regulations about this sort of thing? What fool in their right mind would put me in charge of a baby? Two babies?”
“Well, maybe that was fate. Maybe she was meant to be alone. She was a runner, and wasn't that the habit of a person who preferred to be on her own?”
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