Sophocles

Sophocles
496 B.C.
406 B.C.

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

Author Quotes

Surely there never was so evil a thing as money, which maketh cities into ruinous heaps, and banisheth men from their houses, and turneth their thoughts from good unto evil.

Success is always dependent on effort.

Success is dependent on effort.

Someone asked Sophocles, How do you feel now about sex? Are you able to have a woman? He replied, Hush man; most gladly indeed am I rid off it all, as though I had escaped from a mad and savage master.

Son of Laertes, ever do I behold thee scheming to snatch some vantage o'er thy foes. And now among the tents that guard the ships of Ajax, camped at the army's outmost verge, long have I watched thee hunting in his trail, and scanning his fresh prints, to learn if now he be within or forth. Skilled in the chase thou seemest, as a keen-nosed Spartan hound. For the man but now has passed within, his face and slaughterous hands streaming with sweat and blood. No further need for thee to peer about inside these doors. But say what eager quest is thine, that I who know may give thee light.

Son of Telamon, lord of Salamis' isle, on its wave-washed throne mid the breaking sea, I rejoice when fair are thy fortunes: but whene'er thou art smitten by the stroke of Zeus, or the vehement blame of the fierce-tongued Greeks, then sore am I grieved, and for fear I quake, as a fluttering dove with a scared eye. Even so by rumor murmuring loud of the night late-spent our ears are assailed.

Speech and thought fast as the wind and the moods that give order to a city he has taught himself, and how to flee the arrows of the inhospitable frost under clear skies and the arrows of the storming rain. He has resource for everything. Lacking resource in nothing he strides towards what must come. From Death alone he shall procure no escape, but from baffling diseases he has devised flights.

Stranger in a strange country.

Silence is an ornament for women.

Silence supports the accuser?s charge?

Since he aims at great souls, he cannot miss. But if someone should slander me in this way, no one would believe him. For envy goes against the powerful. Yet slight men, apart from the great, are but a weak bulwark.

Sister - if all this is true, what could I do or undo?

So here I am, against my will and yours too, well I know-- no one wants the man who brings bad news.

So many men have married her mother in her sleep.

Show me the man who keeps his house in hand, He's fit for public authority.

Silence gives the proper grace to women.

Silence has many beauties.

Show me a man who longs to live a day beyond his time who turns his back on a decent length of life, I'll show the world a man who clings to folly.

Rich people without wisdom and learning are but sheep with golden fleeces.

See how that hope whose wanderings are so wide truly is a benefit to many men, but to an equal number it is a false lure of light-headed desires. The deception comes to one who is wholly unawares until he burns his foot on a hot fire. [620] For with wisdom did someone once reveal the maxim, now famous, that evil at one time or another seems good, to him whose mind a god leads to ruin. [625] But for the briefest moment such a man fares free of destruction.

SENTRY: King, may I speak? CREON: Your very voice distresses me. SENTRY: Are you sure that it is my voice, and not your conscience? CREON: By God, he wants to analyze me now! SENTRY: It is not what I say, but what has been done, that hurts you. CREON: You talk too much.

Rather, sir, do good and fail rather than succeed with trickery.

Reason is God's crowning gift to a man.

Reason is God's crowning gift to man, and you are right to warn me Against losing mine. I cannot Say- that I hope I shall never want to say! - That you have Reasoned badly. Yet there are other men who can reason, too; Opinions might be helpful. You are not in a position to know everything that people say or do, or what they feel: your temper terrifies them-everyone will tell you only what you like to hear.

Remember well that custom eliminates the Apostle not let something hampered the performance of its mission.

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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"