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  • For those whose wit becomes the mother of villainy, those it educates to be evil in all things.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Philoctetes, l. 1360.

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  • But to me this is both bitter and sweet.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Antigone, l. 436.
  • Whoever thinks that he alone has speech, or possesses speech or mind above others, when unfolded such men are seen to be empty.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Antigone, l. 707.

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  • To not know would be a source of pain.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. The Women of Trachis, l. 458.

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