- Dionysus: "It's a wise man's part to practise a smooth-tempered self-control."
- Dionysus: "Your [Pentheus'] name points to calamity. It fits you well." (The name "Pentheus" derives from πένθος, pénthos, grief)
- Messenger: "Dionysus' powers are manifold; he gave to men the vine to cure their sorrows."
- Dionysus: "Can you, a mortal, measure your strength against a god?"
- Dionysus: “It hurts you to kick against the goad [pricks].”
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