Quotations From SOPHOCLES


 

  • Profit is sweet, even if it comes from deception.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments.
  • To give birth is a fearsome thing; there is no hating the child one has borne even when injured by it.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Electra, l. 770.

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  • Alas, how quickly the gratitude owed to the dead flows off, how quick to be proved a deceiver.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Ajax, l. 1266.
  • Having advanced to the limit of boldness, child, you have stumbled against the lofty pedestal of Justice.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Antigone, l. 853.

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  • Shame brings no advantage in misfortunes, for silence (of the accused) is the ally of the speaker.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 667.

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  • When trouble ends even troubles please.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 672.
  • Not even Ares battles against necessity.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 234 (Thyestes at Sicyon).
  • For most men friendship is a faithless harbor.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Ajax, l. 603.
  • A soul that is kind and intends justice discovers more than any sophist.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 88 (Aletes).

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  • No lie ever reaches old age.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 59 (Acrisius).
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