Sophocles Quotes

Time alone reveals the just man; but you might discern a bad man in a single day.
Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Oedipus Colonus, l. 614.
Isn't it the sweetest mockery to mock our enemies?
Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Ajax, l. 79.
It was my care to make my life illustrious not by words more than by deeds.
Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Oedipus Colonus, l. 1143.
Men may know many things by seeing; but no prophet can see before the event, nor what end waits for him.
Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Ajax, l. 1417.
Not to be born surpasses all reckoning. The next best thing by far, when one has been born is to go back as swiftly as possible whence one came.
Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Oedipus Colonus, l. 1225.
I see the state of all of us who live, nothing more than phantoms or a weightless shadow.
Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Ajax, l. 125.
Trust dies but mistrust blossoms.
Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Oedipus Colonus, l. 611.
Since he aims at great souls, he cannot miss. But if someone should slander me in this way, no one would believe him. For envy goes against the powerful. Yet slight men, apart from the great, are but a weak bulwark.
Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Ajax, l. 154-159.
Things gained through unjust fraud are never secure.
Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Oedipus Colonus, l. 1026.
Whenever the deity contrives misfortunes for a man, he first harms their understanding.
Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Antigone, l. 620.