Sophocles Quotes

Whoever neglects the arts when he is young has lost the past and is dead to the future.
Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 304 (Minos).
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When trouble ends even troubles please.
Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 672.
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False words do not bring forth fruit.
Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 717.
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Those deprived of such friends rejoice; those who have them pray to escape them.
Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 741.
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Despair often breeds disease.
Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 585 (Tyro).
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Fortune never helps the fainthearted.
Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 666.
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Whoever grows angry amid troubles applies a drug worse than the disease and is a physician unskilled about misfortunes.
Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 514 (Tereus).
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If it were possible to cure evils by lamentation and to raise the dead with tears, then gold would be a less valuable thing than weeping.
Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 501 (The Women of Scyros).
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Much wisdom often goes with brevity of speech.
Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 89 (Aletes).
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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.
Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 702.
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