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Type: Poet
Nationality: Greek
Date of Birth: 496 BC
Date of Death: 406 BC




 

Sophocles Quotes

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Men of ill judgment ignore the good that lies within their hands, till they have lost it.
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Kindness is ever the begetter of kindness.
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For the dead there are no more toils.
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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.
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Things gained through unjust fraud are never secure.
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No speech can stain what is noble by nature.
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Men may know many things by seeing; but no prophet can see before the event, nor what end waits for him.
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A day lays low and lifts up again all human things.
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Whoever gets up and comes to grips with Love like a boxer is a fool.
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For the wretched one night is like a thousand; for someone faring well death is just one more night.
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Ignorant men don't know what good they hold in their hands until they've flung it away.
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Don't you know that silence supports the accuser's charge?
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Better not to exist than live basely.
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I see that all of us who live are nothing but images or insubstantial shadow.
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Alas, how quickly the gratitude owed to the dead flows off, how quick to be proved a deceiver.
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In a just cause the weak will beat the strong.
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If we are to keep our democracy, there must be one commandment: "Thou shalt not ration justice."
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Enemies' gifts are no gifts and do no good.
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Time alone reveals the just man; but you might discern a bad man in a single day.
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