Reading Medea by Euripides today. Here is a quotation appropriate for the 4th of July:

Deina turannon lemata kai pos

Olig’ archomenoi, polla kratountes

Chalepos orgas metaballounsin

To gar eithisthai zen ep’ isoisin

Kpreisson.

 

Dangerous are tyrants’ desires

For how little are they are ruled

And how much they command:

Rarely will they cast off anger.

The best custom is to live as equals.

Trophos  (119-124)