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Sophocles Quotes and Sayings

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What people believe prevails over the truth.
- Sophocles

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Who seeks shall find.
- Sophocles

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

A man growing old becomes a child again.
- Sophocles

 

Always desire to learn something useful.
- Sophocles

Success is dependent on effort.
- Sophocles

Wisdom outweighs any wealth.
- Sophocles

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Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.
- Sophocles

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

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

A human being is only breath and shadow.
- Sophocles

No lie ever reaches old age.
- Sophocles

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

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

Silence is an ornament for women.
- Sophocles

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

Without labor nothing prospers.
- Sophocles

No man loves the bearer of bad tidings.
- Sophocles

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

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

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

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

The rewards of virtue alone abide secure.
- Sophocles

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

Quick decisions are unsafe decisions.
- Sophocles

Not even old age knows how to love death.
- 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

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

How dreadful knowledge of the truth can be when there's no help in the truth.
- Sophocles

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

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

Things gained through unjust fraud are never secure.
- Sophocles

Not even Ares battles against necessity.
- Sophocles

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

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

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

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

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

Trust dies but mistrust blossoms.
- Sophocles

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

There is no greater evil for men than the constraint of fortune.
- Sophocles

A lie never lives to be old.
- 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

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

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

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

Evil gains work their punishment.
- Sophocles

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

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

But this is a true saying among men:
the gifts of enemies are no gifts and profitless.
- Sophocles

Gratitude to gratitude always gives birth.
- Sophocles

Whoever thinks that he alone has speech,
or possesses speech or mind above others,
when unfolded such men are seen to be empty.
- Sophocles

A short saying often contains much wisdom.
- Sophocles

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

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

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

No enemy is worse than bad advice.
- Sophocles

Wise thinkers prevail everywhere.
- Sophocles

A fearful man is always hearing things.
- Sophocles

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

Those whose life is long still strive for gain,
and for all mortals all things take second place to money.
- Sophocles

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

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

If you were to offer a thirsty man all wisdom,
you would not please him more than if you gave him a drink.
- Sophocles

Isn't it the sweetest mockery to mock our enemies?
- Sophocles

For shameful deeds are taught by shameful deeds.
- Sophocles

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


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