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Summary

Sophocles was a famous Author from Greece, who lived between 496 BC and 405 BC.

Biography

The young Sophocles was educated both spiritually and physically. He won awards in wrestling and music, and he must have been in possession of great physical beauty. When the Athenians in 480 BC celebrated victory over the Persians at the battle of Salamis, it was when 16-year-old Sophocles therefore chosen to lead a paian - a chorus of singing and dancing naked youths.

Sophocles is known as the second of the three great Greek tragedians (the first named Aeschylus, Euripides the third). His total production amounted to 123 plays, 24 of which won the competition at the celebrations in honor of Dionysus, which is a record. Only 7 of the plays has been preserved in complete form, while the fragments are present for between 60 to 90 others.

Sophocles' most famous plays is King Oedipus of Greek legend quite Oedipus and Antigone.

Our collection contains 102 quotes who is written / told by Sophocles, under the main topics: Age, Mom, Motivational.

Related authors: Euripides, Aeschylus

Source / external links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophocles

Famous quotes by Sophocles (102)


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"The oaths of a woman I inscribe on water"
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"Always desire to learn something useful"
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"A man growing old becomes a child again"
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"Children are the anchors of a mother's life"
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"Wise thinkers prevail everywhere"
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"Trust dies but mistrust blossoms"
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"To live without evil belongs only to the gods"
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"Time alone reveals the just man; but you might discern a bad man in a single day"
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"There is no sense in crying over spilt milk. Why bewail what is done and cannot be recalled?"
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"There is a time when even justice brings harm"
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"The gods plant reason in mankind, of all good gifts the highest"
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"Success is dependent on effort"
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"Old age and the passage of time teach all things"
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"Man is not constituted to take pleasure in the same things always"
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"I would rather miss the mark acting well than win the day acting basely"
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"Even a poor man can receive honors"
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"Whoever grows angry amid troubles applies a drug worse than the disease and is a physician unskilled about misfortunes"
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"No treaty is ever an impediment to a cheat"
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"Look and you will find it - what is unsought will go undetected"
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"Who seeks shall find"
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"To give birth is a fearsome thing; there is no hating the child one has borne even when injured by it"
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"One who knows how to show and to accept kindness will be a friend better than any possession"
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"Not even old age knows how to love death"
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"Not even Ares battles against necessity"
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"Men may know many things by seeing; but no prophet can see before the event, nor what end waits for him"
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"If my body is enslaved, still my mind is free"
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"How sweet for those faring badly to forget their misfortunes even for a short time"
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"Foolishness is indeed the sister of wickedness"
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"Despair often breeds disease"
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"But this is a true saying among men: the gifts of enemies are no gifts and profitless"
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"Bear up, my child, bear up; Zeus who oversees and directs all things is still mighty in heaven"
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"All is disgust when a man leaves his own nature and does what is unfit"
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"A state is not a state if it belongs to one man"
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"A short saying often contains much wisdom"
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"Whoever lives among many evils just as I, how can dying not be a source of gain?"
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"Whoever gets up and comes to grips with Love like a boxer is a fool"
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"When a man has lost all happiness, he's not alive. Call him a breathing corpse"
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"War never takes a wicked man by chance, the good man always"
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"There is no witness so terrible and no accuser so powerful as conscience which dwells within us"
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"There is no greater evil than anarchy"
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"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"
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"One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life. That word is love"
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"No one longs to live more than someone growing old"
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"It was my care to make my life illustrious not by words more than by deeds"
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"It is best to live however one can be"
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"Ignorant men don't know what good they hold in their hands until they've flung it away"
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"If one begins all deeds well, it is likely that they will end well too"
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"Hide nothing, for time, which sees all and hears all, exposes all"
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"Don't you know that silence supports the accuser's charge?"
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"Best to live lightly, unthinkingly"
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"A fearful man is always hearing things"
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"A day lays low and lifts up again all human things"
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"Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness"
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"Whoever neglects the arts when he is young has lost the past and is dead to the future"
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"To him who is in fear everything rustles"
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"Our happiness depends on wisdom all the way"
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"Not to be born is, past all prizing, best"
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"It's impossible to speak what it is not noble to do"
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"Fortune cannot aid those who do nothing"
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"Evil gains work their punishment"
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"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"
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"Alas, how quickly the gratitude owed to the dead flows off, how quick to be proved a deceiver"
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"A wise doctor does not mutter incantations over a sore that needs the knife"
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"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"
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"The rewards of virtue alone abide secure"
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"The keenest sorrow is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities"
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"Isn't it the sweetest mockery to mock our enemies?"
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"A wise man does not chatter with one whose mind is sick"
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"Kindness is ever the begetter of kindness"
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"It is the task of a good man to help those in misfortune"
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"It is the merit of a general to impart good news, and to conceal the truth"
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"In a just cause the weak will beat the strong"
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"I would prefer even to fail with honor than win by cheating"
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"He who throws away a friend is as bad as he who throws away his life"
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"Evil counsel travels fast"
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"Every man can see things far off but is blind to what is near"
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"Enemies' gifts are no gifts and do no good"
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"Better not to exist than live basely"
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"A word does not frighten the man who, in acting, feels no fear"
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"A human being is only breath and shadow"
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"There is no greater evil for men than the constraint of fortune"
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"Now I see that going out into the testing ground of men it is the tongue and not the deed that wins the day"
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"Not all things are to be discovered; many are better concealed"
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"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"
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"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"
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"I see that all of us who live are nothing but images or insubstantial shadow"
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"Hush! Check those words. Do not cure ill with ill and make your pain still heavier than it is"
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"How dreadful knowledge of the truth can be when there's no help in the truth"
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"All a man's affairs become diseased when he wishes to cure evils by evils"
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"You should not consider a man's age but his acts"
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"When trouble ends even troubles please"
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"What house, bloated with luxury, ever became prosperous without a woman's excellence?"
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"There is a point at which even justice does injury"
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"Not knowing anything is the sweetest life"
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"Men of ill judgment ignore the good that lies within their hands, till they have lost it"
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"It's a terrible thing to speak well and be wrong"
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"If you were to offer a thirsty man all wisdom, you would not please him more than if you gave him a drink"
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"I see the state of all of us who live, nothing more than phantoms or a weightless shadow"
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"Do not grieve yourself too much for those you hate, nor yet forget them utterly"
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"Always desire to learn something useful"
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"A soul that is kind and intends justice discovers more than any sophist"
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"A lie never lives to be old"


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