(Chorus): " – I do not know what plan to hit on and say; for the man of action has also to plan for it.
– I'm like that too, at a loss for words to resurrect the dead.
– Are we really to drag out our lives in submitting like that to these violators of the house as our rulers?
– That is not tolerable, it is better to die; it is a fate milder than tyranny.
– Why, are we to divine from the evidence of his groans that the man is dead?
– We should be discussing this from clear knowledge; guessing is different from knowing clearly.
– I am getting a majority on all sides for approving this course, to know exactly how things are with the son of Atreus." (1358-1371)
(Aegisthus): "Is this your language when you sit at the oars below, while those at the helm control the ship? Old as you are, you shall know how heavy it is for one of your years to be taught, when word has been given to show good sense. Chains and the pangs of starvation are the most excellent diviner-doctors for the mind in teaching even old age. You can see – but can you not see this? Do not kick against the pricks, in case you hit yourself and get hurt." (1617-1624)
(Chorus to Aegisthus): "You – you woman! Against those who were newly from the fighting, while you had kept the house at home and violated the husband's bed as well – did you plan this death for their commander? […] As if I shall see you ruling the Argives – you who planned death for this man but had no courage to carry out the deed by killing him yourself!"
(Aegisthus): "That was because the deception was clearly a woman's role, while I was a suspect enemy from long ago." (1625-1627, 1633-1635)