Sophocles

one of the great tragedians of ancient Greece (496-406 BC)

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How dreadful knowledge of the truth can be When there's no help in truth
I have nothing but contempt for the kind of governor who is afraid, for whatever reason, to follow the course that he knows is best for the State and as for the man who sets private friendship above the public welfare - I have no use for him either.
Nobody likes the man who brings bad news.
How dreadful it is when the right judge judges wrong
Success is dependent on effort.
Show me the man who keeps his house in hand, He's fit for public authority.
A prudent mind can see room for misgiving, lest he who prospers would one day suffer reverse.
A short saying oft contains much wisdom.
Best to live lightly, unthinkingly.
Chance never helps those who do not help themselves.
Death is not the worst rather, in vain To wish for death, and not to compass it.
Death is not the worst thing rather, when one who craves death cannot attain even that wish.
For God hates utterly The bray of bragging tongues.
Grief teaches the steadiest minds to waver.
He who throws away a friend is as bad as he who throws away his life.
Ignorant men don't know what good they hold in their hands until they've flung it away.
It is not righteousness to outrage A brave man dead, not even though you hate him.
It is terrible to speak well and be wrong.
It made our hair stand up in panic fear.
Kindness gives birth to kindness.
Knowledge must come through action you can have no test which is not fanciful, save by trial.
Look and you will find it - what is unsought will go undetected.
Men of ill judgment oft ignore the good That lies within their hands, till they have lost it.
Men of perverse opinion do not know the excellence of what is in their hands, till some one dash it from them.
Money There's nothing in the world so demoralizing as money.
Much speech is one thing, well-timed speech is another.
No man loves life like him that's growing old.
None love the messenger who brings bad news.
None loves the messenger who brings bad news.
Numberless are the world's wonders, but none More wonderful than man.
Of all human ills, greatest is fortune's wayward tyranny.
Of no mortal say, 'That man is happy,' till vexed by no grievous ill he pass Life's goal.
One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life That word is love.
One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love.
Our happiness depends on wisdom all the way.
Rash indeed is he who reckons on the morrow, or haply on days beyond it for tomorrow is not, until today is past.
Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.
Reason is God's crowning gift to man.
Someone asked Sophocles, How do you feel now about sex Are you able to have a woman He replied, Hush man most gladly indeed am I rid off it all, as though I had escaped from a mad and savage master.
Stranger in a strange country.
Surely, to think your own the only wisdom, and yours the only word, the only will, betrays a shallow spirit, an empty heart.
The dice of Zeus always fall luckily.
The end excuses any evil.
The good befriend themselves.
The greatest griefs are those we cause ourselves.
The ideal condition Would be, I admit, that men should be right by instinct But since we are all likely to go astray, The reasonable thing is to learn from those who can teach.
The keenest sorrow is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities.
There is no happiness where there is no wisdom No wisdom but in submission to the gods. Big words are always punished, And proud men in old age learn to be wise.
There is no sense in crying over spilt milk.
There is no sense in crying over spilt milk. Why bewail what is done and cannot be recalled?
Though a man be wise it is no shame for him to live and learn.
Time eases all things.
To err from the right path is common to mankind.
To exert his power in doing good is man?s most glorious task.
To him who is in fear everything rustles.
To know that all is well, even if late will come to know it, is at least some gain.
To revive sorrow is cruel.
To those who err in judgment, not in will, anger is gentle.
Truly, to tell lies is not honorable but when the truth entails tremendous ruin, To speak dishonorably is pardonable.
Truth is always the strongest argument.
What you cannot enforce, do not command.
Who feels no ills, should, therefore, fear them; and when fortune smiles, be doubly cautious, lest destruction come remorseless on him, and he fall unpitied.
Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.
Wisdom outweighs any wealth.

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