Sophocles Quotes

Who is Sophocles?

Sophocles is one of three ancient Greek tragedians whose plays have survived.

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“A human being is only breath and shadow.”

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“A lie never lives to be old.”

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“A man growing old becomes a child again.”

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“A soul that is kind and intends justice discovers more than any sophist.”

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“A state is not a state if it belongs to one man.”

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“A wise man does not chatter with one whose mind is sick.”

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“Alas, how quickly the gratitude owed to the dead flows off, how quick to be proved a deceiver.”

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“All a man's affairs become diseased when he wishes to cure evils by evils.”

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“Always desire to learn something useful.”

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“Best to live lightly, unthinkingly.”

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“Children are the anchors that hold a mother to life.”

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“Despair often breeds disease.”

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“Enemies' gifts are no gifts and do no good.”

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“Even a poor man can receive honors.”

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“Foolishness is indeed the sister of wickedness.”

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“For death is not the worst, but when one wants to die and is not able even to have that.”

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“Many a man spanks his children for things his own father should have spanked out of him.”


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“For the wretched one night is like a thousand; for someone faring well, death is just one more night.”

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“Fortune cannot aid those who do nothing.”

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“He who throws away a friend is as bad as he who throws away his life.”

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“Hide nothing, for time, which sees all and hears all, exposes all.”

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“How dreadful knowledge of the truth can be when there's no help in the truth.”

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“I see that all of us who live are nothing but images or insubstantial shadow.”

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“I see the state of all of us who live, nothing more than phantoms or a weightless shadow.”

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“If my body is enslaved, still my mind is free.”

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“If we are to keep our democracy, there must be one commandment: Thou shalt not ration justice.”

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“If you have done terrible things, you must endure terrible things; for thus the sacred light of injustice shines bright.”

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

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“Ignorant men don't know what good they hold in their hands until they've flung it away.”

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“In a just cause the weak will beat the strong.”

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“Isn't it the sweetest mockery to mock our enemies?”

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“The only true love is love at first sight; second sight dispels it.”


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