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Quotations From 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 (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. The Women of Trachis, l. 1.

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  • There is no greater evil for men than the constraint of fortune.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Ajax, l. 485.

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  • Even a poor man can receive honors.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 718.
  • Not even old age knows how to love death.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 280 (Iobates).

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  • Men should pledge themselves to nothing; for reflection makes a liar of their resolution.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Antigone, l. 388.
  • Do not grieve yourself too much for those you hate, nor yet forget them utterly.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Electra, l. 177.

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  • I have seen the impassioned curbed with a small bit.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Antigone, l. 477.
  • Sleep, ignorant of pain, sleep, ignorant of grief, may you come to us blowing softly, kindly, kindly come king.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Philoctetes, l. 827.

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  • Silence is an ornament for women.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Ajax, l. 293.

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  • You would rouse to anger a heart of stone.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Oedipus Colonus, l. 334.

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