Sophocles

Sophocles
496 B.C.
406 B.C.

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

Author Quotes

There is no greater evil for men than the constraint of fortune.

There is no greater evil than anarchy.

There is no greater evil than men's failure to consult and to consider.

There is no happiness where there is no wisdom.

There is no happiness where there is no wisdom; no wisdom but in submission to the gods. Big words are always punished, and proud men in old age learn to be wise.

There is no sense in crying over spilt milk. Why bewail what is done and cannot be recalled?

The vanity breeds tyranny.

There is no success without hardship.

The votes may rise empty threats during anger to no avail, but quickly disappear when the restless minds and one that controls his anger.

There is nothing more hateful than bad advice.

The weak can defeat the strong in a case as just as mine.

There is some pleasure even in words, when they bring forgetfulness of present miseries.

The working of the mind discover oft dark deeds in darkness schemed, before the act. More hateful still the miscreant who seeks when caught, to make a virtue of a crime.

There let her pray to the one god she worships: Death--who knows?--may just reprieve her from death. Or she may learn a last, better late than never, what a waste of breath it is to worship Death.

There are many wonderful things, and nothing is more wonderful than man.

Therefore one must wait until the last day in the life of any human being is not considered happy before ending his life without pain.

There are some who praise a man free from disease; to me no man who is poor seems free from disease but to be constantly sick.

Therefore, O King, here at thy hearth we sit, I and these children; not as deeming thee a new divinity, but the first of men; first in the common accidents of life, and first in visitations of the Gods. Art thou not he who coming to the town of Cadmus freed us from the tax we paid to the fell songstress? Nor hadst thou received prompting from us or been by others schooled; no, by a god inspired (so all men deem, and testify) didst thou renew our life. And now, O Oedipus, our peerless king, all we thy votaries beseech thee, find some succor, whether by a voice from heaven whispered, or haply known by human wit. Tried counselors, methinks, are aptest found to furnish for the future pregnant rede. Upraise, O chief of men, upraise our State! Look to thy laurels! for thy zeal of yore our country's savior thou art justly hailed: O never may we thus record thy reign:--"He raised us up only to cast us down." Uplift us, build our city on a rock. Thy happy star ascendant brought us luck, O let it not decline! If thou wouldst rule this land, as now thou reignest, better sure to rule a peopled than a desert realm. Nor battlements nor galleys aught avail, if men to man and guards to guard them tail.

There is a point beyond which even justice becomes unjust.

There is a time when even justice brings harm.

There is an ancient saying among men that you cannot thoroughly understand the life of mortals before the man has died, then only can you call it good or bad.

There is an ancient saying, famous among men, that thou shouldst not judge fully of a man's life before he dieth, whether it should be called blest or wretched.

The right moment has come, which for men is the master of every deed.

The sailing is good in all cases, if one escapes from calamities.

The soul that has conceived one wickedness can nurse no good thereafter.

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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"