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If it were possible to cure evils by lamentation and
by 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

What people believe prevails over the truth.
- Sophocles

Wisdom outweighs any wealth.
- Sophocles

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

 

Always desire to learn something useful.
- Sophocles

Who seeks shall find.
- Sophocles

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

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A man growing old becomes a child again.
- Sophocles

Success is dependent on effort.
- Sophocles

Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.
- Sophocles

Don't you know that silence supports the accuser's charge?
- Sophocles

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

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

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

No one longs to live more than someone growing old.
- Sophocles

There is a time when even justice brings harm.
- Sophocles

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

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

For the dead there are no more toils.
- Sophocles

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

Whoever thinks his friend more important than his country,
I rate him nowhere.
- Sophocles

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

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

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

To him who is in fear everything rustles.
- Sophocles

Even a poor man can receive honors.
- Sophocles

All is disgust when a man leaves his own nature and does what is unfit.
- Sophocles

If we are to keep our democracy, there must be one commandment:
"Thou shalt not ration justice."
- Sophocles

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

Trust dies but mistrust blossoms.
- 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

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

To live without evil belongs only to the gods.
- Sophocles

It is the task of a good man to help those in misfortune.
- Sophocles

Fortune cannot aid those who do nothing.
- Sophocles

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

Not all things are to be discovered;
many are better concealed.
- Sophocles

Old age and the passage of time teach all things.
- Sophocles

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

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

I would rather miss the mark acting well than win the day acting basely.
- Sophocles

Whoever grows angry amid troubles applies a drug worse
than the disease and is a physician unskilled about misfortunes.
- Sophocles

When trouble ends even troubles please.
- Sophocles

I see the state of all of us who live,
nothing more than phantoms or a weightless shadow.
- Sophocles

To be doing good deeds is man's most glorious task.
- Sophocles

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

Alas, how quickly the gratitude owed to the dead flows off,
how quick to be proved a deceiver.
- Sophocles

A soul that is kind and intends justice discovers more than any sophist.
- Sophocles

Silence is an ornament for women.
- Sophocles

Much speech is one thing, well-timed speech is another.
- Sophocles

In a just cause the weak will beat the strong.
- Sophocles

The oaths of a woman I inscribe on water.
- Sophocles

Kindness is ever the begetter of kindness.
- Sophocles

Reverence does not die with mortals,
nor does it perish whether they live or die.
- Sophocles

War never takes a wicked man by chance,
the good man always.
- Sophocles

There is no success without hardship.
- Sophocles

A day lays low and lifts up again all human things.
- Sophocles

Quick decisions are unsafe decisions.
- Sophocles

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

There is no sense in crying over spilt milk.
Why bewail what is done and cannot be recalled?
- Sophocles

Things gained through unjust fraud are never secure.
- Sophocles

Men of ill judgment ignore the good that lies within their hands,
till they have lost it.
- Sophocles

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

The rewards of virtue alone abide secure.
- Sophocles

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

Money is the worst currency that ever grew among mankind.
This sacks cities, this drives men from their homes,
this teaches and corrupts the worthiest minds to turn base deeds.
- Sophocles

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

Despair often breeds disease.
- Sophocles

Not even old age knows how to love death.
- Sophocles

Without labor nothing prospers.
- Sophocles

Not knowing anything is the sweetest life.
- Sophocles


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