Zeus, who guided men to think,

who has laid it down that wisdom

comes alone through suffering.

Still there drips in sleep against the heart

grief of memory; against

our pleasure we are temperate.

From the gods who sit in grandeur

grace comes somehow violent.

– Aeschylus, “Agamemnon,” translated by Richard Lattimore

I’ve remembered the last two lines of this passage ever since I read them decades ago. I’ve also tried unsuccessfully to find another quotation from a Greek play that I read around the same time…lines saying something like “there are some sorts of wisdom that cannot with piety be prayed for.” Anyone recognize it?

Also ...

I've started to experiment with SlideShare. Check out The Years Are Short -- of everything I've ever written, I think this short piece resonates most with people. (You may have to scroll down to the bottom of the Summary section to see it.)

Other posts you might be interested in...

“For In Truth Habit Is A Violent And Treacherous Schoolmistress.”

“Everything Gains In Grandeur Every Day.”

Do You Have Any Favorite Quotes? I Sure Do.

Everything Gains In Grandeur Every Day.

“I Have Only A Few Reasons To Keep On Running, And A Truckload Of Them To Quit.”

Recent Posts in The Happiness Project

Want to Change a Habit?

These tips may help

I Had a Very Odd Experience at the Gym

It was like a dial turned inside me.

Are You Unnecessarily Severe with Yourself and Your Habits?

Turn our energy toward the habits that really matter.

Do You Know Your “Tell?”

And the comfort food for your brain?

To Be Creative, What Are the Best Habits to Follow?

With habits, as with happiness, the secret is to figure out ourselves.