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Fortune raises up and fortune brings low both the man
by Sophocles

Fortune raises up and fortune brings low both the man
who fares well and the one who fares badly;
and there is no prophet of the future for mortal men.
- Sophocles

What people believe prevails over the truth.
- Sophocles

Profit is sweet, even if it comes from deception.
- Sophocles

A man growing old becomes a child again.
- Sophocles

 

Who seeks shall find.
- Sophocles

Always desire to learn something useful.
- Sophocles

Wisdom outweighs any wealth.
- Sophocles

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Children are the anchors of a mother's life.
- Sophocles

Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.
- Sophocles

Success is dependent on effort.
- Sophocles

Bear up, my child, bear up; Zeus who oversees and directs
all things is still mighty in heaven.
- Sophocles

No treaty is ever an impediment to a cheat.
- Sophocles

Not even Ares battles against necessity.
- Sophocles

A fearful man is always hearing things.
- Sophocles

It is terrible to speak well and be wrong.
- Sophocles

I see that all of us who live are nothing but images or insubstantial shadow.
- Sophocles

A state is not a state if it belongs to one man.
- Sophocles

It is the merit of a general to impart good news,
and to conceal the truth.
- Sophocles

Time alone reveals the just man; but you might discern
a bad man in a single day.
- Sophocles

The rewards of virtue alone abide secure.
- Sophocles

The dice of Zeus always fall luckily.
- Sophocles

There is no witness so terrible and no accuser so powerful
as conscience which dwells within us.
- Sophocles

Fortune cannot aid those who do nothing.
- Sophocles

A wise man does not chatter with one whose mind is sick.
- Sophocles

Best to live lightly, unthinkingly.
- Sophocles

But whoever gives birth to useless children,
what would you say of him except that he has bred sorrows for himself,
and furnishes laughter for his enemies.
- Sophocles

There is a point at which even justice does injury.
- Sophocles

If it were possible to cure evils by lamentation and
to raise the dead with tears,
then gold would be a less valuable thing than weeping.
- Sophocles

Man is not constituted to take pleasure in the same things always.
- Sophocles

If one begins all deeds well, it is likely that they will end well too.
- Sophocles

There is an ancient saying among men that you cannot
thoroughly understand the life of mortals before the man has died,
then only can you call it good or bad.
- Sophocles

Despair often breeds disease.
- Sophocles

Without labor nothing prospers.
- Sophocles

Even a poor man can receive honors.
- Sophocles

Men should pledge themselves to nothing;
for reflection makes a liar of their resolution.
- Sophocles

It was my care to make my life illustrious not by words more than by deeds.
- Sophocles

A short saying often contains much wisdom.
- Sophocles

There is nothing more hateful than bad advice.
- Sophocles

Reason is God's crowning gift to man.
- Sophocles

Hide nothing, for time, which sees all and hears all,
exposes all.
- Sophocles

For the wretched one night is like a thousand;
for someone faring well death is just one more night.
- Sophocles

A wise doctor does not mutter incantations over a sore that needs the knife.
- Sophocles

Hush!
Check those words.
Do not cure ill with ill and make your pain still heavier than it is.
- Sophocles

He who throws away a friend is as bad as he who throws away his life.
- Sophocles

No one who errs unwillingly is evil.
- Sophocles

Whoever gets up and comes to grips with Love like a boxer is a fool.
- Sophocles

It is a base thing for a man among the people not to obey those in command.
Never in a state can the laws be well administered
when fear does not stand firm.
- Sophocles

All a man's affairs become diseased when he wishes to cure evils by evils.
- Sophocles

For shameful deeds are taught by shameful deeds.
- Sophocles

To give birth is a fearsome thing; there is no hating
the child one has borne even when injured by it.
- Sophocles

Whoever understands how to do a kindness when he fares
well would be a friend better than any possession.
- Sophocles

You win the victory when you yield to friends.
- Sophocles

Foolishness is indeed the sister of wickedness.
- Sophocles

It's impossible to speak what it is not noble to do.
- Sophocles

The keenest sorrow is to recognize ourselves as the
sole cause of all our adversities.
- Sophocles

Now I see that going out into the testing ground of
men it is the tongue and not the deed that wins the day.
- Sophocles

Whoever neglects the arts when he is young has lost
the past and is dead to the future.
- Sophocles

Ignorant men don't know what good they hold in their
hands until they've flung it away.
- Sophocles

God's dice always have a lucky roll.
- Sophocles

Men may know many things by seeing; but no prophet
can see before the event,
nor what end waits for him.
- Sophocles

Every man can see things far off but is blind to what is near.
- Sophocles

Our happiness depends on wisdom all the way.
- Sophocles

For the dead there are no more toils.
- Sophocles

Not knowing anything is the sweetest life.
- Sophocles

The gods plant reason in mankind, of all good gifts the highest.
- Sophocles

It's a terrible thing to speak well and be wrong.
- Sophocles

No speech can stain what is noble by nature.
- Sophocles

I would prefer even to fail with honor than win by cheating.
- Sophocles

Whoever lives among many evils just as I,
how can dying not be a source of gain?
- Sophocles

If my body is enslaved, still my mind is free.
- Sophocles

Look and you will find it - what is unsought will go undetected.
- Sophocles


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