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Quotations From SOPHOCLES


 

  • To me no profitable speech sounds ill.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Electra, l. 61.
  • Trust dies but mistrust blossoms.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Oedipus Colonus, l. 611.

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  • Whoever understands how to do a kindness when he fares well would be a friend better than any possession.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Philoctetes, l. 672.

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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.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Philoctetes, l. 98.
  • Reverence does not die with mortals, nor does it perish whether they live or die.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Philoctetes, l. 1443.
  • Even from the first it is meek to seek the impossible.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Antigone, l. 92.
  • How sweet for those faring badly to forget their misfortunes even for a short time.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 358 (Mysis).

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  • All is disgust when a man leaves his own nature and does what is unfit.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Philoctetes, l. 902.

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  • Fortune cannot aid those who do nothing.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 302 (Minos).
  • A broad-backed ox can be driven straight on his road even by a small goad.
    Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Ajax, l. 1253.
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