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Aeschylus and Wisdom – “The Greek Way” – Edith Hamilton

February 8th, 2012 · No Comments · Humanism, Philosophy, Quotes

Æschylus too had his conception of the price of wisdom:

“God, whose law it is that he who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget, falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despite, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.”

This passage is as characteristically Greek as the quotation from Job is Hebrew. There is little repetition, little enhancement, in the statement. The thought that wisdom’s price is suffering and that it is always paid unwillingly although sent in truth as a gift from God, is stated almost as briefly and almost as plainly as is possible to language.

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