30 Incredible Sophocles Quotes

30 Incredible Sophocles Quotes

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Sophocles is an tragedian play wright from Ancient Greece. He is one of only three playwrights from that time whose plays have survived. Some of the plays he wrote include Antigone and Oedipus. He died in 405 B.C. at the age of 90.

“A wise player ought to accept his throws and score them, not bewail his luck.”

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

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

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

“Grief teaches the steadiest minds to waver.”

“Henceforth ye may thieve with better knowledge whence lucre should be won, and learn that it is not well to love gain from every source. For thou wilt find that ill-gotten pelf brings more
men to ruin than to weal.”

“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. Born thus, I ask to be no
other man than that I am.”

“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.”

“I was born to join in love, not hate – that is my nature.”

“I will never reveal my dreadful secrets, or rather, yours.”

“If it were possible to heal sorrow by weeping and to raise the dead with tears, gold were less prized than grief.”

“It is better not to live at all than to live disgraced.”

“Knowledge must come through action; you can have no test which is not fanciful, save by trial.”

“Money: There’s nothing in the world so demoralizing as money.”

“No man loves life like him that’s growing old.”

“No oath can be too binding for a lover.”

“Not to be born is, past all prizing, best.”

“Of all human ills, greatest is fortune’s wayward tyranny.”

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

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

“Rash indeed is he who reckons on the morrow, or haply on days beyond it; for tomorrow is not, until today is past.”

“Reason is God’s crowning gift to man.”

“The greatest griefs are those we cause ourselves.”

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

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

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

“What you cannot enforce, do not command.”

“When ice appears out of doors, and boys seize it up while it is solid, at first they experience new pleasures. But in the end their pride will not agree to let it go, but their acquisition
is not good for them if it stays in their hands. In the same way an identical desire drives lovers to act and not to act.”

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

“Wisdom outweighs any wealth.”