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The Bacchae

Euripides

Top 10 Best Quotes

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

“Cleverness is not wisdom.”

“Do not mistake the rule of force for true power. Men are not shaped by force.”

“He who believes needs no explanation.”

“He is life's liberating force. He is release of limbs and communion through dance. He is laughter, and music in flutes. He is repose from all cares -- he is sleep! When his blood bursts from the grape and flows across tables laid in his honor to fuse with our blood, he gently, gradually, wraps us in shadows of ivy-cool sleep.”

“Young man, two are the forces most precious to mankind. The first is Demeter, the Goddess. She is the Earth -- or any name you wish to call her -- and she sustains humanity with solid food. Next came Dionysus, the son of the virgin, bringing the counterpart to bread: wine and the blessings of life's flowing juices. His blood, the blood of the grape, lightens the burden of our mortal misery. Though himself a God, it is his blood we pour out to offer thanks to the Gods. And through him, we are blessed.”

“Knowledge is not wisdom: cleverness is not, not without awareness of our death, not without recalling just how brief our flare is. He who overreaches will, in his overreaching, lose what he possesses, betray what he has now. That which is beyond us, which is greater than the human, the unattainably great, is for the mad, or for those who listen to the mad, and then believe them.”

“Prepare yourselves for the roaring voice of the God of Joy!”

“O Dionysus, we feel you near, stirring like molten lava under the ravaged earth, flowing from the wounds of your trees in tears of sap, screaming with the rage of your hunted beasts.”

“Remember this! No amount of Bacchic reveling can corrupt an honest woman.”

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cleverness, foolishness, rationality, wisdom, sense, understanding, faith, stupidity, bacchus, dionysus, reason

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