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But whoever gives birth to useless children,
by 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

What people believe prevails over the truth.
- Sophocles

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

Who seeks shall find.
- Sophocles

 

Wisdom outweighs any wealth.
- Sophocles

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

Success is dependent on effort.
- Sophocles

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A man growing old becomes a child again.
- Sophocles

Always desire to learn something useful.
- Sophocles

Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.
- 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

A lie never lives to be old.
- Sophocles

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

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

A word does not frighten the man who,
in acting, feels no fear.
- Sophocles

There are some who praise a man free from disease;
to me no man who is poor seems free from disease but to be constantly sick.
- Sophocles

Kindness is ever the begetter of kindness.
- Sophocles

When a man has lost all happiness, he's not alive.
Call him a breathing corpse.
- Sophocles

For death is not the worst, but when one wants to die
and is not able even to have that.
- Sophocles

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

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

Fortune cannot aid those who do nothing.
- Sophocles

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

One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life.
That word is love.
- Sophocles

It is best to live however one can be.
- Sophocles

Quick decisions are unsafe decisions.
- 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

There is some pleasure even in words,
when they bring forgetfulness of present miseries.
- Sophocles

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

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

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

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

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

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

God's dice always have a lucky roll.
- 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

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

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

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

There is no greater evil than anarchy.
- Sophocles

For those whose wit becomes the mother of villainy,
those it educates to be evil in all things.
- Sophocles

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

A short saying often contains much wisdom.
- Sophocles

What house, bloated with luxury, ever became prosperous
without a woman's excellence?
- Sophocles

A fearful man is always hearing things.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Not even Ares battles against necessity.
- Sophocles

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

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

The dice of Zeus always fall luckily.
- Sophocles

When trouble ends even troubles please.
- Sophocles

Not to be born is, past all prizing,
best.
- 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

Not knowing anything is the sweetest life.
- Sophocles

No man loves the bearer of bad tidings.
- Sophocles

If you have done terrible things, you must endure terrible things;
for thus the sacred light of injustice shines bright.
- Sophocles

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

Evil counsel travels fast.
- Sophocles

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

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

How sweet for those faring badly to forget their misfortunes even for a short time.
- Sophocles

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

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

Evil gains work their punishment.
- Sophocles


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