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Wikipedia Summary for Sophocles

Sophocles (Greek: Σοφοκλῆς, pronounced [so.pʰo.klɛ̂ːs]; c. 497/6 – winter 406/5 BC) is one of three ancient Greek tragedians whose plays have survived. His first plays were written later than, or contemporary with, those of Aeschylus; and earlier than, or contemporary with, those of Euripides. Sophocles wrote over 120 plays, but only seven have survived in a complete form: Ajax, Antigone, Women of Trachis, Oedipus Rex, Electra, Philoctetes and Oedipus at Colonus.

For almost fifty years, Sophocles was the most celebrated playwright in the dramatic competitions of the city-state of Athens which took place during the religious festivals of the Lenaea and the Dionysia. He competed in thirty competitions, won twenty-four, and was never judged lower than second place. Aeschylus won thirteen competitions, and was sometimes defeated by Sophocles; Euripides won four.

The most famous tragedies of Sophocles feature Oedipus and Antigone: they are generally known as the Theban plays, though each was part of a different tetralogy (the other members of which are now lost). Sophocles influenced the development of drama, most importantly by adding a third actor (attributed to Sophocles by Aristotle; to Aeschylus by Themistius), thereby reducing the importance of the chorus in the presentation of the plot. He also developed his characters to a greater extent than earlier playwrights.

Quote: Wisdom outweighs any wealth. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of flowers
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Wisdom outweighs any wealth.


Quote: Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of bird at pier
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Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.


Quote: Time eases all things. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of person wearing round black analog watch at 9:46
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Time eases all things.


Quote: A mind at peace does not engender wars. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of man holding rifle
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A mind at peace does not engender wars.


Quote: A fearful man is always hearing things. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of lone tree in grassland
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A fearful man is always hearing things.


Quote: No man loves the bearer of bad tidings. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of group of people sitting on ground with bonfire during daytime
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No man loves the bearer of bad tidings.


Quote: Gratitude to gratitude always gives birth. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of green bird perching on stem
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Gratitude to gratitude always gives birth.


Quote: Much wisdom often goes with fewest words. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of woman hugging other woman while smiling at beach
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Much wisdom often goes with fewest words.


Quote: You win the victory when you yield to friends. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of boy and girl playing on three tree log
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You win the victory when you yield to friends.


Quote: Even a poor man can receive honors. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of brown and green leaf in close up photography
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Even a poor man can receive honors.


Quote: War never takes a wicked man by chance, the good man always. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of soldiers in truck
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War never takes a wicked man by chance, the good man always.


Quote: To be doing good deeds is man's most glorious task. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of man holding banknote
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To be doing good deeds is man's most glorious task.


Quote: Our happiness depends on wisdom all the way. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of woman carrying toddler on seashore
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Our happiness depends on wisdom all the way.


Quote: Always desire to learn something useful. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of brown tabby kitten on black surface
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Always desire to learn something useful.


Quote: It is no weakness for the wisest man to learn when he is wrong. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of brown and black butterfly on yellow flower
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It is no weakness for the wisest man to learn when he is wrong.


Quote: For death is not the worst, but when one wants to die and is not able even to have that. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

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


Quote: Gentle time will heal our sorrows. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Gentle time will heal our sorrows.


Quote: It is always fair sailing, when you escape evil. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

It is always fair sailing, when you escape evil.


Quote: If they are just, they are better than clever. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

If they are just, they are better than clever.


Quote: The curse of ignorance is that man without being good or evil is nevertheless satisfied with himself. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

The curse of ignorance is that man without being good or evil is nevertheless satisfied with himself.


Quote: To me so deep a silence portends some dread event; a clamorous sorrow wastes itself in sound. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

To me so deep a silence portends some dread event; a clamorous sorrow wastes itself in sound.


Quote: How terrible is wisdom, when it brings no profit to the man that's wise. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

How terrible is wisdom, when it brings no profit to the man that's wise.


Quote: It is terrible to speak well and be wrong. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

It is terrible to speak well and be wrong.


Quote: For whoever knows how to return a kindness he has received must be a friend above all price. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

For whoever knows how to return a kindness he has received must be a friend above all price.


Quote: A man who deals in fairness with his own, he can make manifest justice in the state. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

A man who deals in fairness with his own, he can make manifest justice in the state.


Quote: Men of ill-judgment oft ignore the good that lies within their hands, til they have lost it. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

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


Quote: Nothing prospers without effort. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Nothing prospers without effort.


Quote: Those who jump to conclusions may go wrong. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Those who jump to conclusions may go wrong.


Quote: How dreadful it is when the right judge judges wrong. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

How dreadful it is when the right judge judges wrong.


Quote: Many the wonders but nothing walks stranger than man. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Many the wonders but nothing walks stranger than man.


Quote: Every wind is fare when we are flying from misfortune. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Every wind is fare when we are flying from misfortune.


Quote: One must learn by doing the thing. For though you think you know it, you have no certainty until you try. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

One must learn by doing the thing. For though you think you know it, you have no certainty until you try.


Quote: Sons are the anchors of a mother's life. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Sons are the anchors of a mother's life.


Quote: The rewards of virtue alone abide secure. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

The rewards of virtue alone abide secure.


Quote: False words do not bring forth fruit. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

False words do not bring forth fruit.


Quote: I would prefer even to fail with honor than to win by cheating. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

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


Quote: The wise form right judgment of the present from what is past. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

The wise form right judgment of the present from what is past.


Quote: If you believe that stubbornness without reflection Is a virtue, you are thinking crookedly. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

If you believe that stubbornness without reflection Is a virtue, you are thinking crookedly.


Quote: Silence has many beauties. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Silence has many beauties.


Quote: To women silence is the best ornament. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

To women silence is the best ornament.


Quote: Many are the things that man seeing must understand. Not seeing, how shall he know what lies in the hand of time to come? by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Many are the things that man seeing must understand. Not seeing, how shall he know what lies in the hand of time to come?


Quote: A man can get a reputation from very small things. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

A man can get a reputation from very small things.


Quote: I pity the poor wretch, though he's my enemy. He's yoked to an evil delusion, but the same fate could be mine. I see clearly: we who live are all phantoms, fleeing shadows. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

I pity the poor wretch, though he's my enemy. He's yoked to an evil delusion, but the same fate could be mine. I see clearly: we who live are all phantoms, fleeing shadows.


Quote: Piety dies not with man; live they or die they, it perishes not. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Piety dies not with man; live they or die they, it perishes not.


Quote: Opportunity possessing the power over all things, acquires much in its course. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Opportunity possessing the power over all things, acquires much in its course.


Quote: For it is not right that a noble man should take pleasure when the pleasure is not right. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

For it is not right that a noble man should take pleasure when the pleasure is not right.


Quote: Surely there never was so evil a thing as money, which maketh cities into ruinous heaps, and banisheth men from their houses, and turneth their thoughts from good unto evil. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Surely there never was so evil a thing as money, which maketh cities into ruinous heaps, and banisheth men from their houses, and turneth their thoughts from good unto evil.


Quote: All men may err; but he that keepeth not his folly, but repenteth, doeth well; but stubbornness cometh to great trouble. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

All men may err; but he that keepeth not his folly, but repenteth, doeth well; but stubbornness cometh to great trouble.


Quote: It is better not to exist than to live in misery. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

It is better not to exist than to live in misery.


Quote: Ah, race of mortal men,
How as a thing of nought
I count ye, though ye live;
For who is there of men
That more of blessing knows,
Than just a little while
To seem to prosper well,
And, having seemed, to fall? by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Ah, race of mortal men,
How as a thing of nought
I count ye, though ye live;
For who is there of men
That more of blessing knows,
Than just a little while
To seem to prosper well,
And, having seemed, to fall?


Quote: Each one of us must live the life God gives him; it cannot be shirked. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Each one of us must live the life God gives him; it cannot be shirked.


Quote: The gifts of enemies are no gifts, and are fraught with mischief. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

The gifts of enemies are no gifts, and are fraught with mischief.


Quote: I am the child of Fortune, the giver of good, and I shall not be shamed. She is my mother; my sisters are the Seasons; my rising and my falling match with theirs. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

I am the child of Fortune, the giver of good, and I shall not be shamed. She is my mother; my sisters are the Seasons; my rising and my falling match with theirs.


Quote: Envy crawls toward the wealthy. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Envy crawls toward the wealthy.


Quote: All our mortal lives are set in danger and perplexity: one day to prosper, and the next -- who knows? When all is well, then look for rocks ahead. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

All our mortal lives are set in danger and perplexity: one day to prosper, and the next -- who knows? When all is well, then look for rocks ahead.


Quote: For chance is ever raising up the unhappy and casting down the happy, and none can say whether a man's destiny be the one or the other. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

For chance is ever raising up the unhappy and casting down the happy, and none can say whether a man's destiny be the one or the other.


Quote: For Chance may lift and Chance may dip the scale
Of fortune and misfortune any day. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

For Chance may lift and Chance may dip the scale
Of fortune and misfortune any day.


Quote: Chance rules our lives, and the future is all unknown. Best live as we may, from day to day. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Chance rules our lives, and the future is all unknown. Best live as we may, from day to day.


Quote: My son, I pray
that chance will prove kinder to you
than she was to me. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

My son, I pray
that chance will prove kinder to you
than she was to me.


Quote: What, shall such traces of my birth appear,

																			And I not follow them! It may not be. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

What, shall such traces of my birth appear,

And I not follow them! It may not be.


Quote: A fool cannot be an actor, though an actor may act a fool's part. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

A fool cannot be an actor, though an actor may act a fool's part.


Quote: Give me a life wherever there is an opportunity to live, and better life than was my father's. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Give me a life wherever there is an opportunity to live, and better life than was my father's.


Quote: For God hates utterly the bray of bragging tongues. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

For God hates utterly the bray of bragging tongues.


Quote: I could not turn away from anyone 
Like you, a stranger, or refuse to help him. 
I know well, being mortal, that my claim
Upon the future is no more than yours. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

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


Quote: No one loves the messenger who brings bad news. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

No one loves the messenger who brings bad news.


Quote: For the gods, though slow to see, see well, whenever a man casting aside worship turns folly. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

For the gods, though slow to see, see well, whenever a man casting aside worship turns folly.


Quote: Whoe'er imagines prudence all his own, Or deems that he hath powers to speak and judge Such as none other hath, when they are known, They are found shallow. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Whoe'er imagines prudence all his own, Or deems that he hath powers to speak and judge Such as none other hath, when they are known, They are found shallow.


Quote: What you cannot enforce, do not command! by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

What you cannot enforce, do not command!


Quote: A cunning fellow is man, inventive beyond all expectation, he reaches sometimes evil and sometimes good. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

A cunning fellow is man, inventive beyond all expectation, he reaches sometimes evil and sometimes good.


Quote: Whoever has a keen eye for profits, is blind in relation to his craft. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Whoever has a keen eye for profits, is blind in relation to his craft.


Quote: Astronomy? Impossible to understand and madness to investigate. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Astronomy? Impossible to understand and madness to investigate.


Quote: 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. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

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.


Quote: In darkness one may be ashamed of what one does, without the shame of disgrace. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

In darkness one may be ashamed of what one does, without the shame of disgrace.


Quote: When people fall in deep distress, their native sense departs. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

When people fall in deep distress, their native sense departs.


Quote: Count no mortal fortunate till he has departed this life free from pain. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Count no mortal fortunate till he has departed this life free from pain.


Quote: To those who err in judgment, not in will, anger is gentle. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

To those who err in judgment, not in will, anger is gentle.


Quote: And if you think my acts are foolishness the foolishness may be in a fool's eye. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

And if you think my acts are foolishness the foolishness may be in a fool's eye.


Quote: And if my present deeds are foolish in thy sight, it may be that a foolish judge arraigns my folly. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

And if my present deeds are foolish in thy sight, it may be that a foolish judge arraigns my folly.


Quote: Men's minds are given to change in hate and friendship. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Men's minds are given to change in hate and friendship.


Quote: Better to die, and sleep

The never-waking sleep, than linger on

And dare to live when the soul's life is gone. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Better to die, and sleep

The never-waking sleep, than linger on

And dare to live when the soul's life is gone.


Quote: Nobody likes the man who brings bad news. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Nobody likes the man who brings bad news.


Quote: Even from the first it is meek to seek the impossible. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Even from the first it is meek to seek the impossible.


Quote: Love, you mock us for your sport. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Love, you mock us for your sport.


Quote: I write a woman's oaths in water. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

I write a woman's oaths in water.


Quote: Let a man nobly live or nobly die. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Let a man nobly live or nobly die.


Quote: Sleep, thou patron of mankind, Great physician of the mind Who does nor pain nor sorrow know, Sweetest balm of every woe. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Sleep, thou patron of mankind, Great physician of the mind Who does nor pain nor sorrow know, Sweetest balm of every woe.


Quote: More men come to doom through dirty profits than are kept by them. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

More men come to doom through dirty profits than are kept by them.


Quote: A prudent man should neglect no circumstances. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

A prudent man should neglect no circumstances.


Quote: I have no desire to suffer twice, in reality and then in retrospect. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

I have no desire to suffer twice, in reality and then in retrospect.


Quote: How dangerous can false reasoning prove! by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

How dangerous can false reasoning prove!


Quote: Not to be born surpasses all reckoning. The next best thing by far, when one has been born is to go back as swiftly as possible whence one came. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Not to be born surpasses all reckoning. The next best thing by far, when one has been born is to go back as swiftly as possible whence one came.


Quote: Afterthought makes the first resolve a liar. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Afterthought makes the first resolve a liar.


Quote: To err from the right path is common to mankind. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

To err from the right path is common to mankind.


Quote: It is not righteousness to outrage. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

It is not righteousness to outrage.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

It is not righteousness to outrage A brave man dead, not even though you hate him.


Quote: Do nothing secretly; for Time sees and hears all things, and discloses all. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Do nothing secretly; for Time sees and hears all things, and discloses all.


Quote: Time is the only test of honest men, one day is space enough to know a rogue. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Time is the only test of honest men, one day is space enough to know a rogue.


Quote: Shame brings no advantage in misfortunes, for silence (of the accused) is the ally of the speaker. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Shame brings no advantage in misfortunes, for silence (of the accused) is the ally of the speaker.


Quote: Pardon, and keep silent, for what is shameful for women must be concealed among women. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Pardon, and keep silent, for what is shameful for women must be concealed among women.


Quote: Truth is always straightforward. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Truth is always straightforward.


Quote: Alas! how terrible it is to know, 
Where no good comes of knowing! by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Alas! how terrible it is to know,
Where no good comes of knowing!


Quote: For no one loves the bearer of bad tidings. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

For no one loves the bearer of bad tidings.


Quote: A trifle is often pregnant with high importance; the prudent man neglects no circumstance. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

A trifle is often pregnant with high importance; the prudent man neglects no circumstance.


Quote: I am free! for I have in me the strength of truth. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

I am free! for I have in me the strength of truth.


Quote: A city which belongs to just one man is no true city. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

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


Quote: Unwanted favours gain no gratitude. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Unwanted favours gain no gratitude.


Quote: It becomes one, while exempt from woes, to look to the dangers. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

It becomes one, while exempt from woes, to look to the dangers.


Quote: Deem no man happy until he passes the end of his life without suffering grief. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Deem no man happy until he passes the end of his life without suffering grief.


Quote: It can be no dishonor to learn from others when they speak good sense. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

It can be no dishonor to learn from others when they speak good sense.


Quote: Man's highest blessedness, In wisdom chiefly stands; And in the things that touch upon the Gods, 'Tis best in word or deed To shun unholy pride; Great words of boasting bring great punishments, And so to grey-haired age Teach wisdom at the last. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Man's highest blessedness, In wisdom chiefly stands; And in the things that touch upon the Gods, 'Tis best in word or deed To shun unholy pride; Great words of boasting bring great punishments, And so to grey-haired age Teach wisdom at the last.


Quote: To many men much-wandering hope comes as a boon, but to many others it is the deception of vain desires. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

To many men much-wandering hope comes as a boon, but to many others it is the deception of vain desires.


Quote: To live with glory, or with glory die, 

This is the brave man's part. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

To live with glory, or with glory die,

This is the brave man's part.


Quote: You won't listen to reason at all, will you?
No. My mind is my own. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

You won't listen to reason at all, will you?
No. My mind is my own.


Quote: Do I not live? Badly, I know, but I live. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Do I not live? Badly, I know, but I live.


Quote: For kindness begets kindness evermore,

But he from whose mind fades the memory

Of benefits, noble is he no more. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

For kindness begets kindness evermore,

But he from whose mind fades the memory

Of benefits, noble is he no more.


Quote: 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. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

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.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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; and as for the man who sets private friendship above the public welfare -- I have no use for him either.


Quote: There is no witness so terrible, no accuser so powerful as conscience which dwells within us. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

There is no witness so terrible, no accuser so powerful as conscience which dwells within us.


Quote: They are not wise, then, who stand forth to buffet against Love; for Love rules the gods as he will, and me. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

They are not wise, then, who stand forth to buffet against Love; for Love rules the gods as he will, and me.


Quote: Of course you cannot know a man completely, his character, his principles, sense of judgement, not till he's shown his colors, ruling the people, making laws. Experience, there's the test. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Of course you cannot know a man completely, his character, his principles, sense of judgement, not till he's shown his colors, ruling the people, making laws. Experience, there's the test.


Quote: I say that this crime is holy. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

I say that this crime is holy.


Quote: May the dead forgive me, I can do no other
But as I am commanded; to do more is madness. -- Ismene. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

May the dead forgive me, I can do no other
But as I am commanded; to do more is madness. -- Ismene.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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


Quote: I owe more to the dead, with whom
I will spend a much longer time,
than I will ever owe to the living. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

I owe more to the dead, with whom
I will spend a much longer time,
than I will ever owe to the living.


Quote: Alas! How sad when reasoners reason wrong. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Alas! How sad when reasoners reason wrong.


Quote: The penalty is death: yet hope of gain Hath lured men to their ruin oftentimes. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

The penalty is death: yet hope of gain Hath lured men to their ruin oftentimes.


Quote: What woe is lacking to my tale of woes? by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

What woe is lacking to my tale of woes?


Quote: It is my nature to join in love, not hate. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

It is my nature to join in love, not hate.


Quote: Leave me to my own absurdity. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Leave me to my own absurdity.


Quote: 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. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

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.


Quote: It's terrible when the one who does the judging judges things all wrong. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

It's terrible when the one who does the judging judges things all wrong.


Quote: We have only a little time to please the living. But all eternity to love the dead. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

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


Quote: Money: There's nothing in the world so demoralizing as money. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Money: There's nothing in the world so demoralizing as money.


Quote: There is no happiness where there is no wisdom. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

There is no happiness where there is no wisdom.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

There is no happiness where there is no wisdom; No wisdom but in submission to the gods. Big words are always punished, And proud men in old age learn to be wise.


Quote: Numberless are the world's wonders, but none More wonderful than man. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Numberless are the world's wonders, but none More wonderful than man.


Quote: The ideal condition would be, I admit, that men should be right by instinct; but since we are all likely to go astray, The reasonable thing is to learn from those who can teach. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

The ideal condition would be, I admit, that men should be right by instinct; but since we are all likely to go astray, The reasonable thing is to learn from those who can teach.


Quote: Look how men live, always precariously balanced between good and bad fortune. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Look how men live, always precariously balanced between good and bad fortune.


Quote: You cannot know a man's life before the man has died, then only can you call it good or bad. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

You cannot know a man's life before the man has died, then only can you call it good or bad.


Quote: Let men be wise by instinct if they can, but when this fails be wise by good advice. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Let men be wise by instinct if they can, but when this fails be wise by good advice.


Quote: Brave hearts do not back down back off. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Brave hearts do not back down back off.


Quote: Desire looks clear from the eyes of a lovely bride: power as strong as the founded world. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Desire looks clear from the eyes of a lovely bride: power as strong as the founded world.


Quote: Why should man fear since chance is all in all for him, and he can clearly foreknow nothing? Best to live lightly, as one can, unthinkingly. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Why should man fear since chance is all in all for him, and he can clearly foreknow nothing? Best to live lightly, as one can, unthinkingly.


Quote: Thoughts are mightier than strength of hand. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Thoughts are mightier than strength of hand.


Quote: Surely, to think your own the only wisdom, and yours the only word, the only will, betrays a shallow spirit, an empty heart. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Surely, to think your own the only wisdom, and yours the only word, the only will, betrays a shallow spirit, an empty heart.


Quote: Friendship is a tension. It makes delicate demands. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Friendship is a tension. It makes delicate demands.


Quote: You are nothing at all. Just a crack where the light slipped through. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

You are nothing at all. Just a crack where the light slipped through.


Quote: Not long now: the blazing dream of my head is crawling out. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Not long now: the blazing dream of my head is crawling out.


Quote: Careful! There is war in women too, as you know by experience, I think. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Careful! There is war in women too, as you know by experience, I think.


Quote: Never since that time has this house got itself clear of rawblood butchery. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Never since that time has this house got itself clear of rawblood butchery.


Quote: But death was a wind too strong for that. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

But death was a wind too strong for that.


Quote: Long have we lived in shadows and shuddering: today I think our future is opening out. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Long have we lived in shadows and shuddering: today I think our future is opening out.


Quote: And instead my beloved, luck sent you back to me colder than ashes, later than shadow. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

And instead my beloved, luck sent you back to me colder than ashes, later than shadow.


Quote: Yes I know sorrow. Know it far too well. My life is a tunnel choked by the sweepings of dread. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Yes I know sorrow. Know it far too well. My life is a tunnel choked by the sweepings of dread.


Quote: All my love gone for nothing. Days of my love, years of my love. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

All my love gone for nothing. Days of my love, years of my love.


Quote: Oh my love take me there. Let me dwell where you are. I am already nothing, I am already burning. Oh my love, I was once part of you--take me too! by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Oh my love take me there. Let me dwell where you are. I am already nothing, I am already burning. Oh my love, I was once part of you--take me too!


Quote: I will not live by rules like those. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

I will not live by rules like those.


Quote: Shame I do feel. And I know there is something all wrong about me--believe me. Sometimes I shock myself. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Shame I do feel. And I know there is something all wrong about me--believe me. Sometimes I shock myself.


Quote: You're dreaming, girl, lost in a moving dream. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

You're dreaming, girl, lost in a moving dream.


Quote: There is a kind of excellence in me and you--born in us--and it cannot live in shame. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

There is a kind of excellence in me and you--born in us--and it cannot live in shame.


Quote: Fortune is not on the side of the faint-hearted. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Fortune is not on the side of the faint-hearted.


Quote: You should not consider a man's age but his acts. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

You should not consider a man's age but his acts.


Quote: The kind of man who always thinks that he is right, that his opinions, his pronouncements, are the final word, when once exposed shows nothing there. But a wise man has much to learn without a loss of dignity. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

The kind of man who always thinks that he is right, that his opinions, his pronouncements, are the final word, when once exposed shows nothing there. But a wise man has much to learn without a loss of dignity.


Quote: What greater wound is there than a false friend? by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

What greater wound is there than a false friend?


Quote: Success, remember is the reward of toil. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Success, remember is the reward of toil.


Quote: Time, which sees all things, has found you out. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Time, which sees all things, has found you out.


Quote: The golden eye of justice sees, and requites the unjust man. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

The golden eye of justice sees, and requites the unjust man.


Quote: Heaven ne'er helps the men who will not act. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Heaven ne'er helps the men who will not act.


Quote: I am determined that never, if I can help it,
Shall evil triumph over good. -- Creon. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

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


Quote: No pity for these things, there is no pity but mine, oh father, for the pity of your butchering rawblood death. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

No pity for these things, there is no pity but mine, oh father, for the pity of your butchering rawblood death.


Quote: Now is no time to delay. This is the edge of action. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Now is no time to delay. This is the edge of action.


Quote: Last night was a night of bad dreams and ambiguous visions. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Last night was a night of bad dreams and ambiguous visions.


Quote: I am at the end. I exist no more. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

I am at the end. I exist no more.


Quote: I live in a place of tears. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

I live in a place of tears.




Quote: I ask this one thing: let me go mad in my own way. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

I ask this one thing: let me go mad in my own way.


Quote: This is Electra. Brilliant no more. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

This is Electra. Brilliant no more.


Quote: Yes it will be a grace if I die. To exist is pain. Life is no desire of mine anymore. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Yes it will be a grace if I die. To exist is pain. Life is no desire of mine anymore.


Quote: A word does not frighten the man who, in acting feels no fear. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

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


Quote: Not from Hades' black and universal lake can you lift him. Not by groaning, not by prayers. Yet you run yourself out in a grief with no cure, no time-limit, no measure. It is a knot no one can untie. Why are you so in love with things unbearable? by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Not from Hades' black and universal lake can you lift him. Not by groaning, not by prayers. Yet you run yourself out in a grief with no cure, no time-limit, no measure. It is a knot no one can untie. Why are you so in love with things unbearable?


Quote: For even bold natures flee, whenever they see Hades close to life. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

For even bold natures flee, whenever they see Hades close to life.


Quote: Opinions have greater power than strength of hands. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Opinions have greater power than strength of hands.


Quote: Now let the weeping cease; Let no one mourn again. These things are in the hands of God. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Now let the weeping cease; Let no one mourn again. These things are in the hands of God.


Quote: You would rouse to anger a heart of stone. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

You would rouse to anger a heart of stone.


Quote: The man from whom the joys of life have departed is living no more, but should be counted with the dead. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

The man from whom the joys of life have departed is living no more, but should be counted with the dead.


Quote: Though a man be wise it is no shame for him to live and learn. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of person holding green plant during daytime
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Though a man be wise it is no shame for him to live and learn.


Quote: A man though wise, should never be ashamed of learning more, and must unbend his mind. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

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


Quote: A prudent mind can see room for misgiving, lest he who prospers should one day suffer reverse. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

A prudent mind can see room for misgiving, lest he who prospers should one day suffer reverse.


Quote: I was born to join in love, not hate -- that is my nature. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

I was born to join in love, not hate -- that is my nature.


Quote: To never have been born may be the greatest boon of all. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

To never have been born may be the greatest boon of all.


Quote: Each say following another, either hastening or putting off our death -- what pleasure does it bring? I count that man worthless whois cheered by empty hopes. No, a noble man must either live or die well. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Each say following another, either hastening or putting off our death -- what pleasure does it bring? I count that man worthless whois cheered by empty hopes. No, a noble man must either live or die well.


Quote: Obedience to authority saves many skins. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Obedience to authority saves many skins.


Quote: For to cast away a virtuous friend, I call as bad as to cast away one's own life, which one loves best. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

For to cast away a virtuous friend, I call as bad as to cast away one's own life, which one loves best.


Quote: I know that you are deathly sick; and yet, sick as you are, not one is as sick as I. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

I know that you are deathly sick; and yet, sick as you are, not one is as sick as I.


Quote: By God, I'll have more booty in a moment. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

By God, I'll have more booty in a moment.


Quote: You, you'll see no more the pain I suffered, all the pain I caused! Too long you looked on the ones you never should have seen, blind to the ones you longed to see, to know! Blind from this hour on! Blind in the darkness-blind! by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

You, you'll see no more the pain I suffered, all the pain I caused! Too long you looked on the ones you never should have seen, blind to the ones you longed to see, to know! Blind from this hour on! Blind in the darkness-blind!


Quote: How terrible is wisdom, when it brings no profit to the man that's wise. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

How terrible is wisdom, when it brings no profit to the man that's wise.


Quote: When you can prove me wrong, then call me blind. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

When you can prove me wrong, then call me blind.


Quote: Who feels no ills, should, therefore, fear them; and when fortune smiles, be doubly cautious, lest destruction come remorseless on him, and he fall unpitied. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Who feels no ills, should, therefore, fear them; and when fortune smiles, be doubly cautious, lest destruction come remorseless on him, and he fall unpitied.


Quote: Show me the man who keeps his house in hand, He's fit for public authority. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Show me the man who keeps his house in hand, He's fit for public authority.


Quote: Here he comes like a stealing shadow, like a footprint of death into the rooms, stalking the past with freshcut blood in his hands. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Here he comes like a stealing shadow, like a footprint of death into the rooms, stalking the past with freshcut blood in his hands.


Quote: Woman, to women silence is the best ornament. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Woman, to women silence is the best ornament.


Quote: 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. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

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.


Quote: Go then if you must, but remember, no matter how foolish your deeds, those who love you will love you still. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Go then if you must, but remember, no matter how foolish your deeds, those who love you will love you still.


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