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Sophocles Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by Sophocles

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What people believe prevails over the truth.
- Sophocles

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Success is dependent on effort.
- Sophocles

A man growing old becomes a child again.
- Sophocles

Profit is sweet, even if it comes from deception.
- Sophocles

 

Children are the anchors of a mother's life.
- Sophocles

Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.
- Sophocles

Always desire to learn something useful.
- Sophocles

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Who seeks shall find.
- Sophocles

Wisdom outweighs any wealth.
- Sophocles

Hush!
Check those words.
Do not cure ill with ill and make your pain still heavier than it is.
- Sophocles

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

Man is not constituted to take pleasure in the same things always.
- Sophocles

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

All is disgust when a man leaves his own nature and does what is unfit.
- Sophocles

There is no success without hardship.
- Sophocles

In a just cause the weak will beat the strong.
- Sophocles

It's a terrible thing to speak well and be wrong.
- Sophocles

Every man can see things far off but is blind to what is near.
- Sophocles

I see that all of us who live are nothing but images or insubstantial shadow.
- Sophocles

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

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

Don't you know that silence supports the accuser's charge?
- Sophocles

For the dead there are no more toils.
- Sophocles

Not all things are to be discovered;
many are better concealed.
- Sophocles

All a man's affairs become diseased when he wishes to cure evils by evils.
- Sophocles

Wise thinkers prevail everywhere.
- Sophocles

There is some pleasure even in words,
when they bring forgetfulness of present miseries.
- Sophocles

Whoever understands how to do a kindness when he fares
well would be a friend better than any possession.
- Sophocles

Not to be born is, past all prizing,
best.
- Sophocles

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

God's dice always have a lucky roll.
- Sophocles

Whoever lives among many evils just as I,
how can dying not be a source of gain?
- Sophocles

Not knowing anything is the sweetest life.
- Sophocles

Silence is an ornament for women.
- Sophocles

It is terrible to speak well and be wrong.
- Sophocles

A lie never lives to be old.
- Sophocles

Even a poor man can receive honors.
- Sophocles

No one longs to live more than someone growing old.
- Sophocles

But this is a true saying among men:
the gifts of enemies are no gifts and profitless.
- Sophocles

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.
- Sophocles

Evil counsel travels fast.
- Sophocles

For those whose wit becomes the mother of villainy,
those it educates to be evil in all things.
- Sophocles

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

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

No one who errs unwillingly is evil.
- Sophocles

Isn't it the sweetest mockery to mock our enemies?
- Sophocles

The dice of Zeus always fall luckily.
- Sophocles

The rewards of virtue alone abide secure.
- Sophocles

Our happiness depends on wisdom all the way.
- Sophocles

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

Whoever grows angry amid troubles applies a drug worse
than the disease and is a physician unskilled about misfortunes.
- Sophocles

Without labor nothing prospers.
- Sophocles

It is the merit of a general to impart good news,
and to conceal the truth.
- Sophocles

Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.
- Sophocles

A wise man does not chatter with one whose mind is sick.
- Sophocles

No treaty is ever an impediment to a cheat.
- Sophocles

There is no greater evil than anarchy.
- Sophocles

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.
- Sophocles

Men may know many things by seeing; but no prophet
can see before the event,
nor what end waits for him.
- Sophocles

How sweet for those faring badly to forget their misfortunes even for a short time.
- Sophocles

If one begins all deeds well, it is likely that they will end well too.
- Sophocles

The oaths of a woman I inscribe on water.
- Sophocles

Much speech is one thing, well-timed speech is another.
- Sophocles

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

I see the state of all of us who live,
nothing more than phantoms or a weightless shadow.
- Sophocles

No lie ever reaches old age.
- Sophocles

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.
- 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

Reason is God's crowning gift to man.
- Sophocles

He who throws away a friend is as bad as he who throws away his life.
- Sophocles

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


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