A reminder before the new year that life offers many kinds of sweetness….
Hes. Frag. 273
“It is also sweet to know how many things the immortals
Have allotted for mortals, a clear sign of base and noble…”
ἡδὺ δὲ καὶ τὸ πυθέσθαι, ὅσα θνητοῖσιν ἔνειμαν
ἀθάνατοι, δειλῶν τε καὶ ἐσθλῶν τέκμαρ ἐναργές
“It is sweet to live in leisure. Life is long
And sacred, if lived among untroubled affairs.”
᾿Απραγμόνως ζῆν ἡδύ· μακάριος βίος
καὶ σεμνός, ἐὰν ᾖ μεθ’ ἑτέρων ἀπραγμόνων·
“It is sweet for children to obey their father”
῾Ως ἡδὺ τῷ φύσαντι πείθεσθαι τέκνα [Attributed to Euripides, Agathon]
Heraclitus, fr. 111
“Sickness makes health sweet and good…”
νοῦσος ὑγιείην ἐποίησεν ἡδὺ καὶ ἀγαθόν
“it is sweet for those who have done badly to forget
Their bygone troubles in a short time.”
῾Ως τοῖς κακῶς πράσσουσιν ἡδὺ καὶ βραχύν
χρόνον λαθέσθαι τῶν παρεστώτων κακῶν [Attributed to Sophocles]
“It is sweet for slaves to obtain good masters”
῾Ως ἡδὺ δούλοις δεσπότας χρηστοὺς λαβεῖν, [Attributed to Euripides]
“It is sweet for those who hate fools to be alone.”
῾Ως ἡδὺ τῷ μισοῦντι τοὺς φαύλους ἐρημία [Attributed to Menander]
Crates, fr. 23 (Full text on the Scaife viewer)
“This is the case with erotic games: they’re sweet to play, but not nice to mention.”
καὶ μάλιστ᾿ ἀφροδισίοις ἀθύρμασιν. ἡδὺ γὰρ κἀκεῖνο τὸ δρᾶν, λέγεσθαι δ᾿ οὐ καλόν.
Euripides, Supp. 1101-2 (Full text on the Scaife viewer)
“Nothing is sweeter to an old father than a daughter”
πατρὶ δ᾽ οὐδὲν †ἥδιον†
Aristotle [According to Diogenes Laertius 5.21]
“He said that the root of education is bitter but the fruit is sweet.”
Τῆς παιδείας ἔφη τὰς μὲν ῥίζας εἶναι πικράς, τὸν δὲ καρπὸν γλυκύν
Bias [According to Diogenes Laertius 1.86]
‘When someone asked what is sweet for people, he said “hope”.’
Ἐρωτηθεὶς τί γλυκὺ ἀνθρώποις, “ἐλπίς,” ἔφη.
Theognis, Uncertain Fragments
“Nothing, Kurnos, is sweeter than a good woman.
I am a witness to this, and you are witness to the truth”
Οὐδέν, Κύρν’, ἀγαθῆς γλυκερώτερόν ἐστι γυναικός.
μάρτυς ἐγώ, σὺ δ’ ἐμοὶ γίνου ἀληθοσύνης.
Sophocles, Philoktetes 81 (Full text on the Scaife viewer)
“It is sweet to obtain the possession of victory.”
ἀλλ’ ἡδὺ γάρ τοι κτῆμα τῆς νίκης λαβεῖν
Euripides, Fr. 133
“It is certainly sweet to recall your struggles after you’ve been saved”
ἀλλ’ ἡδύ τοι σωθέντα μεμνῆσθαι πόνων.
Archippus fr. 45
“Mother, it is sweet to see the sea from the land
when you don’t have to sail any longer.”
ὡς ἡδὺ τὴν θάλατταν ἀπὸ τῆς γῆς ὁρᾶν
ὦ μῆτερ ἐστι, μὴ πλέοντα μηδαμοῦ
Euripides, fr. 358 (Erechtheus)
“Children have nothing sweeter than their mother.
Love your mother children, there is no kind of love anywhere
Sweeter than this one to love.”
οὐκ ἔστι μητρὸς οὐδὲν ἥδιον τέκνοις•
ἐρᾶτε μητρός, παῖδες, ὡς οὐκ ἔστ’ ἔρως
τοιοῦτος ἄλλος ὅστις ἡδίων ἐρᾶν.
Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound 688-89 (Full text on the Scaife viewer)
“For the sick it is sweet to know clearly what pain remains”
τοῖς νοσοῦσί τοι γλυκὺ
τὸ λοιπὸν ἄλγος προυξεπίστασθαι τορῶς
Ananius, fr. 5.3
“It is sweet to eat the meat of a [locally-killed?] goat”
ἡδὺ δ’ ἐσθίειν χιμαίρης †φθινοπωρισμῶι κρέας·
Anaxandrides, fr. 24
“The home-fed son grows sweetly”
υἱὸς γὰρ οἰκόσιτος ἡδὺ γίνεται.
“There is a sweet joy in empty little kisses.”
ἔστι καὶ ἐν κενεοῖσι φιλήμασιν ἁδέα τέρψις.
Menander, fr. 809
“It is sweet when brothers have a like-minded love”
ἡδύ γ’ ἐν ἀδελφοῖς ἐστιν ὁμονοίας ἔρως.
Menander fr. 814 (Full text on the Scaife viewer)
“Sweet is the word of a friend for those in grief.”
ἡδύ γε φίλου λόγος ἐστὶ τοῖς λυπουμένοις.
Menander, fr 930 (Full text on the Scaife viewer)
“It is sweet to die for the one who has not been permitted to live as he wished.”
ἡδύ γ’ ἀποθνῄσκειν ὅτῳ ζῆν μὴ πάρεσθ’ ὡς βούλεται.
Sophokles, Fr. 356 (Creusa)
“The most noble thing is to be just.
The best thing is to live without sickness; the sweetest is when
Someone has the ability to get what he wants each day.”
κάλλιστόν ἐστι τοὔνδικον πεφυκέναι,
λῷστον δὲ τὸ ζῆν ἄνοσον, ἥδιστον δ’ ὅτῳ
πάρεστι λῆψις ὧν ἐρᾷ καθ’ ἡμέραν
Democritus, fr. 69
“Truth and goodness are the same for all people. But what is sweet is different for different folks.”
ἀνθρώποις πᾶσι τωὐτὸν ἀγαθὸν καὶ ἀληθές· ἡδὺ δὲ ἄλλωι ἄλλο.