Saturday, March 9, 2013

Weekend Quote 17: Medea

This time I’d like to share a passage from Medea, a Greek play by Euripides.

‘Tis best men tread the equal way.

Aye, not with glory but with peace
May the long summers find me crowned;
For gentleness-her very sound
Is magic, and her usages.

All wholesome; but the fiercely great
Hath little music on his road,
And falleth, when the hand of God
Shall move, most deep and desolate.

The nurse (nurse of Medea and Jason’s children) reflected that she was very grateful to live a moderate life, as she believed that wealth and fortune only brought unhappiness towards men. It’s wisely true, but unfortunately greediness is often overshadow this wisdom from us.

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  1. Wow, You're reading Medea, I have The Trojan Women. Hahaha. Can't wait to read your post about Greek plays.

    1. Seriously? Just can't wait to read your thoughts, then...

  2. My weekend quote if from Baudelaire's Fleurs du mal:

    L’homme y passe à travers des forêts de symboles
    Qui l’observant avec des regards familiers.

    Man passes through forests of symbols
    Which observe him with familiar looks.

    Charles Baudelaire “Correspondances”

    which suggested a way of thinking about Coleridge's "Rime of the Ancient Mariner"


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