Sophocles

Sophocles
496 B.C.
406 B.C.

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

Author Quotes

Whoever thinks his friend more important than his country, I rate him nowhere.

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

Whoever understands how to do a kindness when he fares well would be a friend better than any possession.

When one would work well, likes to hear words of welcome.

When trouble ends even troubles please.

When with swift strides the stealthy plotter stalks I must be quick too with my counterplot. To wait his onset passively, for him is sure success, for me assured defeat.

Whenever the deity contrives misfortunes for a man, he first harms their understanding.

Which would you choose if you could: pleasure for yourself despite your friends or a share in their grief?

Who feels no ills, should, therefore, fear them; and when fortune smiles, be doubly cautious, lest destruction come remorseless on him, and he fall unpitied.

Who seeks shall find.

What men have seen they know; but what shall come no man before the event can see, nor what end waits for him.

What people believe prevails over the truth.

What we're looking for is found, but what will escape us?

Whatever is sought for can be caught, you know, whatever is neglected slips away.

When an oath is taken... the mind is more attentive; for it guards against two things, the reproach of friends and offence against the gods.

When he endures nothing but endless miseries-- What pleasure is there in living the day after day, edging slowly back and forth toward death? Anyone who warms their heart with the glow of flickering hope is worth nothing at all. The noble man should either live with honor or die with honor. That's all there is to be said.

When I have tried and failed, I shall have failed.

When ice appears out of doors, and boys seize it up while it is solid, at first they experience new pleasures. But in the end their pride will not agree to let it go, but their acquisition is not good for them if it stays in their hands. In the same way an identical desire drives lovers to act and not to act.

When misfortune comes, the wisest even lose their mother wit.

What greater wound is there than a false friend?

What house, bloated with luxury, ever became prosperous without a woman's excellence?

What humans do not fall ill from bad luck.

What is God singing in his profound Delphi of gold and shadow?

War loves to seek its victims in the young.

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

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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"