Sophocles

Sophocles
496 B.C.
406 B.C.

Greek Tragic Playwright and Poet best known for his drama "Oedipus the King"

Author Quotes

Your edict, King, was strong, but all your strength is weakness itself against the immortal unrecorded laws of God. They are not merely now: they were, and shall be, operative forever, beyond man utterly. I knew I must die, even without your decree: I am only mortal. And if I must die now, before it is my time to die, surely this is no hardship: can anyone living, as I live, with evil all about me, think Death less than a friend?

Your power, great Zeus--what human overstepping can check it? Yours is power that neither Sleep, the all-ensnaring, nor the untiring months of the gods can defeat. Unaged through time, [610] you rule by your power and dwell thereby in the brilliant splendor of Olympus. And through the future, both near and distant, as through the past, shall this law prevail: nothing that is vast comes to the life of mortals without ruin.

You can kill a man but you can?t kill an idea.

You don't know what kind of day you will have, until evening.

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

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

You win the victory when you yield to friends.

You, you'll see no more the pain I suffered, all the pain I caused! Too long you looked on the ones you never should have seen, blind to the ones you longed to see, to know! Blind from this hour on! Blind in the darkness-blind!

You'll never find a man on Earth, if a god leads him on, who can escape his fate.

Wise thinkers prevail everywhere.

Woman is the silence of women's Accessories.

Wonders are many, and none is more wonderful than man.

Wonders are many, and none is more wonderful than man. This power spans the sea, even when it surges white before the gales of the south-wind, and makes a path under swells that threaten to engulf him. Earth, too, the eldest of the gods, the immortal, the unwearied, he wears away to his own ends, turning the soil with the offspring of horses as the plows weave to and fro year after year.

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.

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.

Wisdom outweighs any wealth.

Why do you feel the fear of man as long as coincidence and nothing other is leading his footsteps?

Why should a mortal man, the sport of chance, with no assured foreknowledge, be afraid? Best live a careless life from hand to mouth. This wedlock with thy mother fear not thou. How oft it chances that in dreams a man has wed his mother! He who least regards such brainsick phantasies lives most at ease.

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

Wisdom is a curse when wisdom does nothing for the man who has it.

Whenever the deity contrives misfortunes for a man, he first harms their understanding.

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

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.

Who seeks shall find.

Whoever gets up and comes to grips with Love like a boxer is a fool.

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First Name
Sophocles
Birth Date
496 B.C.
Death Date
406 B.C.
Bio

Greek Tragic Playwright and Poet best known for his drama "Oedipus the King"