Top 77 Sophocles Quotes

One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life:That word is love.


A man, though wise, should never be ashamed of learning more, and must unbend his mind.


One must wait until the evening to see how splendid the day has been.


The truth is what I cherish and that’s my strength


Sister – if all this is true, what could I do or undo?


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


Prefiero, señor, obrar bien y fracasar, antes que triunfar con malas artes.Palabras de Neoptólemo a Odiseo, en la tragedia griega Filoctetes.


We have only a little time to please the living. But all eternity to love the dead.


Death is not the worst thing; rather, when one who craves death cannot attain even that wish.


Alas, how terrible is wisdomwhen it brings no profit to the man that’s wise!This I knew well, but had forgotten it,else I would not have come here.


Hide nothing, for time, which sees all and hears all, exposes all.


Fear? What has a man to do with fear? Chance rules our lives, and the future is all unknown. Best live as we may, from day to day.


To throw away an honest friend is, as it were, to throw your life away


A city which belongs to just one man is no true city


All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride.


The soul that has conceived one wickedness can nurse no good thereafter.


But if I am young, thou shouldest look to my merits, not to my years.


The keenest sorrow is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities.


If you try to cure evil with evilyou will add more pain to your fate.


And also because – Oh, my darling, my darling, forgive me; I’m going to cause you quite a lot of pain.


There’s nothing in the world so demoralizing as money.


Money! Money’s the curse of man, none greater.That’s what wrecks cities, banishes men from homes,Tempts and deludes the most well-meaning soul,Pointing out the way to infamy and shame.” – Creon


I have seen or heard of no other man whom destiny treated with such enmity as it did Philoktetes


You must remember that no one lives a life free from pain and suffering.


It is not in words that I should wish my life to be distinguished, but rather in things done.


May the dead forgive me, I can do no otherBut as I am commanded; to do more is madness.” – Ismene


May the dead forgive me, I can do no otherBut as I am commanded; to do more is madness.” – Ismene, Antigone (The Theban Plays) by Sophocles


Which would you choose if you could:pleasure for yourself despite your friendsor a share in their grief?


I could not turn away from anyone Like you, a stranger, or refuse to help him. I know well, being mortal, that my claimUpon the future is no more than yours.


I have been a stranger here in my own land: All my life


The powe if fate is something terrible. It cannot be escaped–not with wealth or by war, not with a tower ir a sea-lashed black ship.


The tyrant is a child of PrideWho drinks from his sickening cup Recklessness and vanity,Until from his high crest headlongHe plummets to the dust of hope.


I am determined that never, if I can help it,Shall evil triumph over good.” – Creon


All concerns of men go wrong when they wish to cure evil with evil.


Shall not ILearn place and wisdom? Have I not learned this,Only so much to hate my enemy,As though he might again become my friend,And so much good to wish to do my friend,As knowing he may yet become my foe?


I didn’t say yes. I can say no to anything I say vile, and I don’t have to count the cost. But because you said yes, all that you can do, for all your crown and your trappings, and your guards—all that your can do is to have me killed.


There is no greater evil than men’s failure to consult and to consider.


I have nothing but contempt for the kind of governor who is afraid, for whatever reason, to follow the course that he knows is best for the State.


For Time calls only once, and that determines all.


Haemon: No city is property of a single man.Creon: But custom gives possession to the ruler.Haemon: You’d rule a desert beautifully alone.


For if any man thinks that he is alone is wise–that in speech, or in mind, he hath no peer–such a soul, when laid open, is ever found empty.


Do not believe that you alone can be right.The man who thinks that,The man who maintains that only he has the powerTo reason correctly, the gift to speak, the soul—A man like that, when you know him, turns out empty.


It is but sorrow to be wise when wisdom profits not.


There is much that is strange, but nothing that surpasses man in strangeness


TEIRESIAS: Alas, how terrible is wisdom whenit brings no profit to the man that’s wise!This I knew well, but had forgotten it,else I would not have come here.


TEIRESIAS:You have your eyes but see not where you arein sin, nor where you live, nor whom you live with.Do you know who your parents are? Unknowingyou are enemy to kith and kinin death, beneath the earth, and in this life.


JOCASTA:So clear in this case were the oracles,so clear and false. Give them no heed, I say;what God discovers need of, easilyhe shows to us himself.


OEDIPUS:O, O, O, they will all come,all come out clearly! Light of the sun, let melook upon you no more after today!I who first saw the light bred of a matchaccursed, and accursed in my livingwith them I lived with, cursed in my killing.


We long to have again the vanished past, in spite of all its pain.


Hail the sun! the brightest of all that everDawned on the City of Seven Gates, City of Thebes!Hail the golden dawn over Dirce’s riverRising to speed the flight of the white invaders Homeward in full retreat!” – Chorus


There was the girl, screaming like an angry bird,When it finds its nest left empt and little ones gone.” – Sentry


The keenest sorrow is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities.


Heaven ne’er helps the man who will not help himself.


I would prefer even to fail with honor than win by cheating.


One who knows how to show and to accept kindness will be a friend better than any possession.


To throw away an honest friend is as it were to throw your life away.


Rather throw away that which is dearest to you your own life than turn away a good friend.


When a man has lost all happiness he’s not alive. Call him a breathing corpse.


One learns by doing the thing for though you think you know it you have no certainty until you try.


One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love.


Chance never helps those who do not help themselves.


Why should a man fear since chance is all in all for him and he can clearly fore-know nothing? Best to live lightly as one can unthinking.


All is disgust when one leaves his own nature and does things that misfit it.


It is a painful thing to look at your own trouble and know that you yourself and no one else has made it.


What fate can be worse than to know we have no one but ourselves to blame for our misfortunes!


Closer, it’s all right. Touch the man of grief.Do. Don’t be afraid. My troubles are mine and I am the only man alive who can sustain them.


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


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


Children are the anchors that hold a mother to life.


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


To be doing good deeds is man’s most glorious task.


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


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


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


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


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


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



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