Sophocles Quotes

Every man can see things far off but is blind to what is near.
Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 737.
But this is a true saying among men: the gifts of enemies are no gifts and profitless.
Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Ajax, l. 664.
Not all things are to be discovered; many are better concealed.
Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 104 (Aleadae).
A human being is only breath and shadow.
Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Ajax, l. 13.
Children are the anchors of a mother's life.
Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 612 (Phaedra).
A wise doctor does not mutter incantations over a sore that needs the knife.
Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Ajax, l. 581.
Always desire to learn something useful.
Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 622 (Phthiotides).
Trouble brings trouble upon trouble.
Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Ajax, l. 866.
Not even Ares battles against necessity.
Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 234 (Thyestes at Sicyon).
I do not care for such speech in the midst of ills; harsh words, even when just, still sting.
Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Ajax, l. 1118.