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Sophocles – 49 Quotes

 

49 Quotes by Sophocles

 

Who seeks shall find.

– Sophocles


No lie ever reaches old age.

– Sophocles


Wisdom outweighs any wealth.

– Sophocles


Success is dependent on effort.

– Sophocles


Evil gains work their punishment.

– Sophocles


Silence is an ornament for women.

– Sophocles


Trust dies but mistrust blossoms.

– Sophocles


Best to live lightly, unthinkingly.

– Sophocles


God’s dice always have a lucky roll.

– Sophocles


Reason is God’s crowning gift to man.

– Sophocles


There is no success without hardship.

– Sophocles


It is best to live however one can be.

– Sophocles


A man growing old becomes a child again.

– Sophocles


Always desire to learn something useful.

– Sophocles


Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.

– Sophocles


Much wisdom often goes with fewest words.

– Sophocles


Not even old age knows how to love death.

– Sophocles


The rewards of virtue alone abide secure.

– Sophocles


To him who is in fear everything rustles.

– Sophocles


A short saying often contains much wisdom.

– Sophocles


Not to be born is, past all prizing, best.

– Sophocles


Children are the anchors of a mother’s life.

– Sophocles


No speech can stain what is noble by nature.

– Sophocles


Our happiness depends on wisdom all the way.

– Sophocles


Old age and the passage of time teach all things.

– Sophocles


Profit is sweet, even if it comes from deception.

– Sophocles


You should not consider a man’s age but his acts.

– Sophocles


To be doing good deeds is man’s most glorious task.

– Sophocles


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

– Sophocles


A word does not frighten the man who, in acting, feels no fear.

– Sophocles


Hide nothing, for time, which sees all and hears all, exposes all.

– Sophocles


All is disgust when a man leaves his own nature and does what is unfit.

– Sophocles


It is the merit of a general to impart good news, and to conceal the truth.

– Sophocles


How dreadful knowledge of the truth can be when there’s no help in the truth.

– Sophocles


When a man has lost all happiness, he’s not alive. Call him a breathing corpse.

– Sophocles


Time alone reveals the just man but you might discern a bad man in a single day.

– Sophocles


The keenest sorrow is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities.

– Sophocles


Ignorant men don’t know what good they hold in their hands until they’ve flung it away.

– Sophocles


Whoever neglects the arts when he is young has lost the past and is dead to the future.

– Sophocles


For death is not the worst, but when one wants to die and is not able even to have that.

– Sophocles


Men should pledge themselves to nothing for reflection makes a liar of their resolution.

– Sophocles


Men of ill judgment ignore the good that lies within their hands, till they have lost it.

– Sophocles


For the wretched one night is like a thousand for someone faring well death is just one more night.

– Sophocles


If you were to offer a thirsty man all wisdom, you would not please him more than if you gave him a drink.

– Sophocles


Those whose life is long still strive for gain, and for all mortals all things take second place to money.

– Sophocles


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

– Sophocles


Fortune raises up and fortune brings low both the man who fares well and the one who fares badly and there is no prophet of the future for mortal men.

– Sophocles


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


Money is the worst currency that ever grew among mankind. This sacks cities, this drives men from their homes, this teaches and corrupts the worthiest minds to turn base deeds.

– Sophocles


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