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Sophocles quotes (140)

A day lays low and lifts up again all human things.
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A fearful man is always hearing things.
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A human being is only breath and shadow.
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A lie never lives to be old.
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A man growing old becomes a child again.
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A short saying often contains much wisdom.
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A soul that is kind and intends justice discovers more than any sophist.
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A state is not a state if it belongs to one man.
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A wise doctor does not mutter incantations over a sore that needs the knife.
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A wise man does not chatter with one whose mind is sick.
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A word does not frighten the man who, in acting, feels no fear.
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Alas, how quickly the gratitude owed to the dead flows off, how quick to be proved a deceiver.
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All a man's affairs become diseased when he wishes to cure evils by evils.
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All is disgust when a man leaves his own nature and does what is unfit.
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Always desire to learn something useful.
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Bear up, my child, bear up; Zeus who oversees and directs all things is still mighty in heaven.
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Best to live lightly, unthinkingly.
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Better not to exist than live basely.
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But this is a true saying among men: the gifts of enemies are no gifts and profitless.
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But whoever gives birth to useless children, what would you say of him except that he has bred sorrows for himself, and furnishes laughter for his enemies.
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Children are the anchors of a mother's life.
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Despair often breeds disease.
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Do not grieve yourself too much for those you hate, nor yet forget them utterly.
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Don't you know that silence supports the accuser's charge?
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Enemies' gifts are no gifts and do no good.
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Even a poor man can receive honors.
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Every man can see things far off but is blind to what is near.
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Evil counsel travels fast.
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Evil gains work their punishment.
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Foolishness is indeed the sister of wickedness.
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For death is not the worst, but when one wants to die and is not able even to have that.
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For shameful deeds are taught by shameful deeds.
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For the dead there are no more toils.
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For the wretched one night is like a thousand; for someone faring well death is just one more night.
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For those whose wit becomes the mother of villainy, those it educates to be evil in all things.
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Fortune cannot aid those who do nothing.
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Fortune raises up and fortune brings low both the man who fares well and the one who fares badly; and there is no prophet of the future for mortal men.
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God's dice always have a lucky roll.
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Gratitude to gratitude always gives birth.
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He who throws away a friend is as bad as he who throws away his life.
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Hide nothing, for time, which sees all and hears all, exposes all.
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How dreadful knowledge of the truth can be when there's no help in the truth.
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How sweet for those faring badly to forget their misfortunes even for a short time.
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Hush! Check those words. Do not cure ill with ill and make your pain still heavier than it is.
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I see that all of us who live are nothing but images or insubstantial shadow.
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I see the state of all of us who live, nothing more than phantoms or a weightless shadow.
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I would prefer even to fail with honor than win by cheating.
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I would rather miss the mark acting well than win the day acting basely.
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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.
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If my body is enslaved, still my mind is free.
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If one begins all deeds well, it is likely that they will end well too.
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If we are to keep our democracy, there must be one commandment: "Thou shalt not ration justice."
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If you have done terrible things, you must endure terrible things; for thus the sacred light of injustice shines bright.
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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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Ignorant men don't know what good they hold in their hands until they've flung it away.
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In a just cause the weak will beat the strong.
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Isn't it the sweetest mockery to mock our enemies?
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It is a base thing for a man among the people not to obey those in command. Never in a state can the laws be well administered when fear does not stand firm.
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It is best to live however one can be.
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It is terrible to speak well and be wrong.
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It is the merit of a general to impart good news, and to conceal the truth.
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It is the task of a good man to help those in misfortune.
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It was my care to make my life illustrious not by words more than by deeds.
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It's a terrible thing to speak well and be wrong.
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It's impossible to speak what it is not noble to do.
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Kindness is ever the begetter of kindness.
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Look and you will find it - what is unsought will go undetected.
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Man is not constituted to take pleasure in the same things always.
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Men may know many things by seeing; but no prophet can see before the event, nor what end waits for him.
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Men of ill judgment ignore the good that lies within their hands, till they have lost it.
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