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A collection of thoughts and quotations by Sophocles on love, life, tragedy, truth, pain, pride, mistakes, failure, philosophy, fate, evil, money and friendship.

100 Famous Sophocles Quotes On Life

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Famous As: Ancient Greek Poet

Born On: 496 BC

Born In: Hippeios Colonus, Athens, Greece

Sophocles was an ancient Greek playwright, who lived from around 497 BC to 405 BC. He is one of the ancient Greek tragedians whose work has outlasted. Sophocles was born in a prosperous family in Attica and showed his talent as a playwright from an early age, before becoming the most famous playwright in Athens. Sophocles lived well past the age of 90 and during his illustrious career; he is known to have produced a total of around 120 plays. However, many of those have been lost, but among the ones which survived, the most famous ones are ‘Oedipus at Colonus’, ‘ Ajax’, ‘Electra’, ‘The Women of Trachis’ and others. Those plays are still performed in different parts of the world and are counted among the classic plays in the world of dramatics. In addition to that, Sophocles led the Greek literary scene throughout his life and had won a total of 18 competitions throughout his lifetime, having participated in 30 of them. Here is a collection of quotes and sayings excerpted from his famous plays, work, thoughts and life that reveal his intellect as an outstanding playwright. Read on some of the selected quotes and thoughts by Sophocles.
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One word Frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love.

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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You can kill a man but you cant kill a idea.

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

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

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Tomorrow is tomorrow. Future cares have future cures, And we must mind today.

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How dreadful the knowledge of the truth can be When there’s no help in truth.

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Grief teaches the steadiest minds to waver.

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

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Alas, how terrible is wisdom when 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.

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

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When I have tried and failed, I shall have failed.

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No one loves the messenger who brings bad news.

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Trust dies but mistrust blossoms.

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

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Look and you will find it - what is unsought will go undetected.

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The happiest life is to be without thought

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

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

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To Never Have been born may be the greatest boon of all

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Children are the anchors that hold a mother to life.

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Wild as you are, all that love you must love you still.

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Leave me to my own absurdity.

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

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Wisdom outweighs any wealth.

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No enemy is worse than bad advice.

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It is not right if I am wrong. But if I am young, and right, what does my age matter?

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Oblivion - what a blessing...for the mind to dwell a world away from pain.

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

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

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

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All my care is you, and all my pleasure yours.

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Do not fear for me. Make straight your own path to destiny.

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

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

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

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In time you will know this well: For time, and time alone, will show the just man, though scoundrels are discovered in a day.

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

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Unwanted favours gain no gratitude.

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All men make mistakes.

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If you are out of trouble, watch for danger.

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Fate has terrible power. You cannot escape it by wealth or war. No fort will keep it out, no ships outrun it.

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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.

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What greater wound is there than a false friend?

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

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The greatest griefs are those we cause ourselves.

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Let every man in mankind's frailty consider his last day; and let none presume on his good fortune until he find Life, at his death, a memory without pain.

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Truly, to tell lies is not honorable; but when the truth entails tremendous ruin, to speak dishonorably is pardonable.

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Success is dependent on effort.

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A lie never grows old.

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Another husband could be found and with That husband another son. But I have no mother now. I have no father. I cannot bring another brother to the world.

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Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness; and reverence towards the Gods must be inviolate. Great words of prideful men are ever punished with great blows, and, in old age, teach the chastened to be wise.

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How terrible-- to see the truth when the truth is only pain to him who sees!

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There is no happiness where there is no wisdom...

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For Time calls only once, and that determines all.

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I have no love for a friend who loves in words alone.

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

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Of all vile things current on earth, none is so vile as money.

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

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...count no man happy till he dies, free of pain at last.

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

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Once in a lifetime The longed-for tidal wave Of justice can rise up, And hope and history rhyme.

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Always desire to learn something useful.

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

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[S]ilence supports the accuser’s charge?

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

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Reason is God's crowning gift to a man...

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

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How dreadful it is when the right judge judges wrong!

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Whatever is sought for can be caught, you know, whatever is neglected slips away.

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Yet 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.

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Enough words! The criminals are escaping, we the victims, we stand still.

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Not to be born surpasses thought and speech. The second best is to have seen the light and then go back quickly whence we came

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Those who jump to conclusions may go wrong.

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The only crime is pride.

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Death is not the worst evil, but rather when we wish to die and cannot.

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Tell me the news, again, whatever it is... sorrow and I are hardly strangers. I can bear the worst.

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The end excuses any evil.

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They are dying, the old oracles sent to Laius, now our masters strike them off the rolls. Nowhere Apollo's golden glory now -- the gods, the gods go down.

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Those swift to think are not always secure.

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And if you find I've lied, from this day on call the prophet blind.

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To the man who is afraid everything rustles.

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The good leader repeats the good news, keeps the worst to himself.

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That will come when it comes; we must deal with all that lies before us. The future rests with the ones who tend the future.

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The pain we inflict upon ourselves hurt most of all.

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Never honor the gods in one breath and take the gods for fools the next.

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And if my present actions strike you as foolish, let's just say I've been accused of folly by a fool.

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TEIRESIAS: Alas, how terrible is wisdom when 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.

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A man's anger can never age and fade away, not until he dies. The dead alone feel no pain.

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Only a fool could be in love with death.

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