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Quotations From SOPHOCLES

 

  • 21.
    Despair often breeds disease.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 585 (Tyro).

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  • 22.
    Wise thinkers prevail everywhere.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Ajax, l. 1252.
  • 23.
    Men may know many things by seeing; but no prophet can see before the event, nor what end waits for him.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Ajax, l. 1417.
  • 24.
    Pardon, and keep silent, for what is shameful for women must be concealed among women.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 609 (Phaedra).

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  • 25.
    Since he aims at great souls, he cannot miss. But if someone should slander me in this way, no one would believe him. For envy goes against the powerful. Yet slight men, apart from the great, are but a weak bulwark.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Ajax, l. 154-159.

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  • 26.
    Every man can see things far off but is blind to what is near.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 737.
  • 27.
    The right moment has come, which for men is the master of every deed.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Electra, l. 75-76.
  • 28.
    For death is not the worst, but when one wants to die and is not able even to have that.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Electra, l. 1007.

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  • 29.
    No speech can stain what is noble by nature.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 91 (Aletes).

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  • 30.
    Obedience to authority saves many skins.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Antigone, l. 676.
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