Quotation by Aeschylus

Against a spike
Kick not, for fear it pain thee if thou strike.
Aeschylus (525–456 B.C.), Greek dramatist. Aigisthos, in Agamemnon, l. 1623-4, trans. by Gilbert Murray.

Some translations give the more colloquial, "Do not kick against the pricks." The words sum up one of the play's major themes, of helplessness and submission in the face of life's savage struggle.
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