Euripides, Iphigenia at Aulis 1250-52

“It is  light that is sweetest for men to see

And the world below is nothing. Whoever prays for death

Is mad. Living badly is better than dying well.”


τὸ φῶς τόδ᾽ ἀνθρώποισιν ἥδιστον βλέπειν,

τὰ νέρθε δ᾽ οὐδέν: μαίνεται δ᾽ ὃς εὔχεται

θανεῖν. κακῶς ζῆν κρεῖσσον ἢ καλῶς θανεῖν.