Sophocles

Sophocles
496 B.C.
406 B.C.

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

Author Quotes

The light-hearted tribe of birds and the clans of wild beasts and the sea-brood of the deep he snares in the meshes of his twisted nets, and he leads them captive, very-skilled man. He masters by his arts the beast who dwells in the wilds and roams the hills. He tames the shaggy-maned horse, putting the yoke upon its neck, and tames the tireless mountain bull.

The gods cannot do what you do not want to.

The gods plant reason in mankind, of all good gifts the highest.

The golden eye of justice sees, and requites the unjust man.

The good leader repeats the good news, keeps the worst to himself.

The dice of Zeus always fall luckily.

The end excuses any evil.

The fools men do not appreciate what they own from yes to deny him the Fates.

The dead clay makes no protest.

The dead only ones who enjoy comfortable.

The attention to the calamities caused by oneself, and that did not do only his hands, leaving the self bitter pain.

The best business what we do without fear.

The best law in existence is obedience to the Father.

The blind man cannot move without a guide.

The bray of bragging tongues.

The dead alone feel no pain.

Tell me the news, again, whatever it is... sorrow and I are hardly strangers. I can bear the worst.

That lies within their hands, till they have lost it.

That will come when it comes; we must deal with all that lies before us. The future rests with the ones who tend the future.

The anger knows no age, no anger disappears only with death, only ones who do not feel angry.

Surely, to think your own the only wisdom, and yours the only word, the only will, betrays a shallow spirit, an empty heart.

Take these things to heart, my son, I warn you. All men make mistakes, it is only human. But once the wrong is done, a man can turn his back on folly, misfortune too, if he tries to make amends, however low he's fallen, and stops his bullnecked ways. Stubbornness brands you for stupidity - pride is a crime.

TEIRESIAS: Alas, how terrible is wisdom when it brings no profit to the man that's wise! This I knew well, but had forgotten it, else I would not have come here.

TEIRESIAS: I tell you, king, this man, this murderer (whom you have long declared you are in search of, indicting him in threatening proclamation as murderer of Laius)- he is here. In name he is a stranger among citizens but soon he will be shown to be a citizen true native Theban, and he'll have no joy of the discovery: blindness for sight and beggary for riches his exchange, he shall go journeying to a foreign country tapping his way before him with a stick. He shall be proved father and brother both to his own children in his house; to her that gave him birth, a son and husband both; a fellow sower in his father's bed with that same father that he murdered. Go within, reckon that out, and if you find me mistaken, say I have no skill in prophecy.

TEIRESIAS: You have your eyes but see not where you are in sin, nor where you live, nor whom you live with. Do you know who your parents are? Unknowing you are enemy to kith and kin in death, beneath the earth, and in this life.

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First Name
Sophocles
Birth Date
496 B.C.
Death Date
406 B.C.
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Greek Tragic Playwright and Poet best known for his drama "Oedipus the King"