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Quotations From SOPHOCLES

 

  • 1.
    Time alone reveals the just man; but you might discern a bad man in a single day.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Oedipus Colonus, l. 614.

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  • 2.
    Oh child, may you be happier than your father, but in all other respects alike. And then you would not be bad.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Ajax, l. 559.

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  • 3.
    Isn't it the sweetest mockery to mock our enemies?
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Ajax, l. 79.
  • 4.
    Whoever neglects the arts when he is young has lost the past and is dead to the future.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 304 (Minos).

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  • 5.
    There is some pleasure even in words, when they bring forgetfulness of present miseries.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 237 (Thyestes).
  • 6.
    Whenever the deity contrives misfortunes for a man, he first harms their understanding.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Antigone, l. 620.
  • 7.
    Those swift to think are not always secure.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Oedipus Colonus, l. 617.
  • 8.
    Not to be born surpasses all reckoning. The next best thing by far, when one has been born is to go back as swiftly as possible whence one came.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Oedipus Colonus, l. 1225.
  • 9.
    A word does not frighten the man who, in acting, feels no fear.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Oedipus Colonus, l. 296.

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  • 10.
    Evil gains work their punishment.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Antigone, l. 326.

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