Sophocles

Sophocles
496 B.C.
406 B.C.

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

Author Quotes

Warned therefore by his fate, never do thou thyself utter proud words against the gods; nor swell with insolence, if thou shouldst vanquish some rival by main strength or by wealth's power. For a day can bring all mortal greatness low, and a day can lift it up. But the gods love the wise of heart, the froward they abhor.

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

We may discover many facts if we find the beginning of the path of hope, albeit weak.

We should not speak of one that prospers well as happy, till his life have run its course, and reached its goal. An evil spirit's gift in shortest time has oft laid low the state of one full rich in great prosperity, when the change comes, and so the Gods appoint.

Wealth makes an ugly person beautiful to look on and an incoherent speech eloquent; and wealth alone can enjoy pleasure even in sickness and can conceal its miseries.

What do I care for life when you are dead?

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

Trust dies but mistrust blossoms.

Truth is always the strongest argument.

'Twas I restrained him, casting on his eyes o'ermastering notions of that baneful ecstasy, that turned his rage on flocks and mingled droves of booty yet unshared, guarded by herdsmen. Then plunging amid the thronging horns he slew, smiting on all sides; and one while he fancied the Atreidae were the captives he was slaughtering, now 'twas some other chief on whom he fell. And I, while thus he raved in maniac throes, urged him on, drove him into the baleful toils. Thereafter, when he had wearied of such labors, he bound with thongs such oxen as yet lived, with all the sheep, and drove them to his tents, as though his spoil were men, not horned cattle. Now lashed together in the hut he tortures them. But to thee too will I expose this madness, that seeing thou mayst proclaim it to all the Greeks. Boldly await him here, nor apprehend mischance; for I will turn aside his eyes, foiling his vision lest he see thy face.

Understand that no mortal can see with their eyes.

Unnatural silence signifies no good.

Unwanted favors gain no gratitude.

Voice of Athena, dearest of Gods to me, how clearly, though thou be invisible, do I hear thy call, and seize it with my soul, as when a bronze-mouthed Tyrrhene trumpet sounds! Rightly thou judgest that on a foe's trail, broad-shielded Ajax, I range to and fro. Him, and no other, I have long been tracking. This very night against us he has wrought a deed incredible, if in truth 'tis he. For we know nothing sure, but drift in doubt. Gladly I assumed the burden of this task. For not long since we found that our whole spoil had been destroyed, both herds and flocks, slaughtered by some man's hand, their guardians dead beside them. Now 'tis on him that all men lay this guilt: and a scout who had seen him swiftly bounding across the plain alone with reeking sword, informed me and bore witness. I forthwith, darting in hot chase, now pick out his tracks, but now, bewildered, know not whose they are. Timely thou comest. As in past days, so in days to come I am guided by thy hand.

True, as unwisdom is the worst of ills

To know that all is well, even if late will come to know it, is at least some gain.

To live without evil belongs only to the gods.

To me so deep a silence portends some dread event; a clamorous sorrow wastes itself in sound.

To never have been born may be the greatest boon of all.

To not know would be a source of pain.

To the man who is afraid everything rustles.

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

To yield is grievous, but the obstinate soul that fights with Fate, is smitten grievously.

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

To a man who is afraid everything rustles.

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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"