Quotes by Sophocles

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Sophocles (circa. 496 BC - 406 BC) was the second of the three ancient Greek tragedians whose work has survived to the present day. His first plays were written later than those of Aeschylus, and earlier than those of Euripides. According to the Suda, a 10th century encyclopedia, Sophocles wrote 123 or more plays during the course of his life, but only seven have survived in a complete form. For almost 50 years, Sophocles was the most-awarded playwright in the dramatic competitions of ancient Athens that took place during the religious festivals of the Lenaea and the Dionysia. The most famous of Sophocles's tragedies are those concerning Oedipus and Antigone: these are often known as the Theban plays or The Oedipus Cycle, although they were not originally written or performed as a single trilogy. Sophocles influenced the development of the drama, most importantly by adding a third character and 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 such as Aeschylus.

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One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life; that word is love.

I would prefer even to fail with honor than win by cheating.
A short saying often contains much wisdom.
In a just cause the weak will beat the strong.
Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.
There is no sense in crying over spilt milk. Why bewail what is done and cannot be recalled?
Heaven never helps the men who will not act.
None loves the messenger who brings bad news.
There is no success without hardship.
To be doing good deeds is man's most glorious task.
Truth is always the strongest argument.
Best to live lightly, unthinkingly.
Look and you will find it -- what is unsought will go undetected.
What you cannot enforce, do not command.
One who knows how to show and to accept kindness will be a friend better than any possession.
Kindness gives birth to kindness.
To him who is in fear everything rustles.
Chance never helps those who do not help themselves.
Men of ill judgment ignore the good that lies within their hands, till they have lost it.
For the dead there are no more toils.
Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.
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.
The gods plant reason in mankind, of all good gifts the highest.
It is terrible to speak well and be wrong.
Success, remember is the reward of toil.
The long unmeasured pulse of time moves everything. There is nothing hidden that it cannot bring to light, nothing once known that may not become unknown.
The dice of Zeus always fall luckily.
There is no witness so terrible and no accuser so powerful as conscience which dwells within us.
Ignorant men don't know what good they hold in their hands until they've flung it away.
Wonders are many, and none is more wonderful than man; the power that crosses the white sea, driven by the stormy wind, making a path under surges that threaten to engulf him...
I well believe it, to unwilling ears;None love the messenger who brings bad news.
Ignorant menDont know what good they hold in their hands untilTheyve flung it away.