Sophocles Quotes

- Notable Sophocles Quotes Index -

Born: November 30, 495 AD, Colonus, Ancient Greece
Birth Country: Ancient Greece
Died: Classical Athens, November 30, 405 AD
Occupation: Author

1.
A man growing old becomes a child again.
- Sophocles

2.
A short saying often contains much wisdom.
- Sophocles

3.
A word does not frighten the man who, in acting, feels no fear.
- Sophocles

4.
All is disgust when a man leaves his own nature and does what is unfit.
- Sophocles

5.
Always desire to learn something useful.
- Sophocles

6.
Best to live lightly, unthinkingly.
- Sophocles

7.
Children are the anchors of a mother's life.
- Sophocles

8.
Evil gains work their punishment.
- Sophocles

9.
For death is not the worst, but when one wants to die and is not able even to have that.
- Sophocles

10.
For the wretched one night is like a thousand for someone faring well death is just one more night.
- Sophocles

11.
Fortune raises up and fortune brings low both the man who fares well and the one who fares badly and there is no prophet of the future for mortal men.
- Sophocles

12.
God's dice always have a lucky roll.
- Sophocles

13.
Hide nothing, for time, which sees all and hears all, exposes all.
- Sophocles

14.
How dreadful knowledge of the truth can be when there's no help in the truth.
- Sophocles

15.
If you were to offer a thirsty man all wisdom, you would not please him more than if you gave him a drink.
- Sophocles

16.
Ignorant men don't know what good they hold in their hands until they've flung it away.
- Sophocles

17.
It is a base thing for a man among the people not to obey those in command. Never in a state can the laws be well administered when fear does not stand firm.
- Sophocles

18.
It is best to live however one can be.
- Sophocles

19.
It is the merit of a general to impart good news, and to conceal the truth.
- Sophocles

20.
Men of ill judgment ignore the good that lies within their hands, till they have lost it.
- Sophocles

21.
Men should pledge themselves to nothing for reflection makes a liar of their resolution.
- Sophocles

22.
Money is the worst currency that ever grew among mankind. This sacks cities, this drives men from their homes, this teaches and corrupts the worthiest minds to turn base deeds.
- Sophocles

23.
Much wisdom often goes with fewest words.
- Sophocles

24.
No lie ever reaches old age.
- Sophocles

25.
No speech can stain what is noble by nature.
- Sophocles

26.
Not even old age knows how to love death.
- Sophocles

27.
Not to be born is, past all prizing, best.
- Sophocles

28.
Old age and the passage of time teach all things.
- Sophocles

29.
Our happiness depends on wisdom all the way.
- Sophocles

30.
Profit is sweet, even if it comes from deception.
- Sophocles

31.
Reason is God's crowning gift to man.
- Sophocles

32.
Silence is an ornament for women.
- Sophocles

33.
Success is dependent on effort.
- Sophocles

34.
The keenest sorrow is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities.
- Sophocles

35.
The rewards of virtue alone abide secure.
- Sophocles

36.
There is no success without hardship.
- Sophocles

37.
Those whose life is long still strive for gain, and for all mortals all things take second place to money.
- Sophocles

38.
Time alone reveals the just man but you might discern a bad man in a single day.
- Sophocles

39.
To be doing good deeds is man's most glorious task.
- Sophocles

40.
To him who is in fear everything rustles.
- Sophocles

41.
Trust dies but mistrust blossoms.
- Sophocles

42.
War never takes a wicked man by chance, the good man always.
- Sophocles

43.
When a man has lost all happiness, he's not alive. Call him a breathing corpse.
- Sophocles

44.
Who seeks shall find.
- Sophocles

45.
Whoever neglects the arts when he is young has lost the past and is dead to the future.
- Sophocles

46.
Whoever thinks that he alone has speech, or possesses speech or mind above others, when unfolded such men are seen to be empty.
- Sophocles

47.
Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.
- Sophocles

48.
Wisdom outweighs any wealth.
- Sophocles

49.
You should not consider a man's age but his acts.
- Sophocles

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