Sophocles Quotes

To live without evil belongs only to the gods.
Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 683.
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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 (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Ajax, l. 1071.
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A fearful man is always hearing things.
Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 58 (Acrisius).
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You win the victory when you yield to friends.
Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Ajax, l. 1353.
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Old age and the passage of time teach all things.
Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 586 (Tyro).
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Hold, you rule only when mastered by your friends.
Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Ajax, l. 1353.
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No one longs to live more than someone growing old.
Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 64 (Acrisius).
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Alas, how quickly the gratitude owed to the dead flows off, how quick to be proved a deceiver.
Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Ajax, l. 1266.
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A soul that is kind and intends justice discovers more than any sophist.
Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 88 (Aletes).
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Hush! Check those words. Do not cure ill with ill and make your pain still heavier than it is.
Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Ajax, l. 362.
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