Famous Quotes By Sophocles


  1. A man growing old becomes a child again.
  2. A short saying often contains much wisdom.
  3. A word does not frighten the man who, in acting, feels no fear.
  4. All is disgust when a man leaves his own nature and does what is unfit.
  5. Always desire to learn something useful.
  6. Best to live lightly, unthinkingly.
  7. Children are the anchors of a mother's life.
  8. Evil gains work their punishment.
  9. For death is not the worst, but when one wants to die and is not able even to have that.
  10. For the wretched one night is like a thousand for someone faring well death is just one more night.
  11. 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.
  12. God's dice always have a lucky roll.
  13. Hide nothing, for time, which sees all and hears all, exposes all.
  14. How dreadful knowledge of the truth can be when there's no help in the truth.
  15. If you were to offer a thirsty man all wisdom, you would not please him more than if you gave him a drink.
  16. Ignorant men don't know what good they hold in their hands until they've flung it away.
  17. 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.
  18. It is best to live however one can be.
  19. It is the merit of a general to impart good news, and to conceal the truth.
  20. Men of ill judgment ignore the good that lies within their hands, till they have lost it.
  21. Men should pledge themselves to nothing for reflection makes a liar of their resolution.
  22. 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.
  23. Much wisdom often goes with fewest words.
  24. No lie ever reaches old age.
  25. No speech can stain what is noble by nature.
  26. Not even old age knows how to love death.
  27. Not to be born is, past all prizing, best.
  28. Old age and the passage of time teach all things.
  29. Our happiness depends on wisdom all the way.
  30. Profit is sweet, even if it comes from deception.
  31. Reason is God's crowning gift to man.
  32. Silence is an ornament for women.
  33. Success is dependent on effort.
  34. The keenest sorrow is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities.
  35. The rewards of virtue alone abide secure.
  36. There is no success without hardship.
  37. Those whose life is long still strive for gain, and for all mortals all things take second place to money.
  38. Time alone reveals the just man but you might discern a bad man in a single day.
  39. To be doing good deeds is man's most glorious task.
  40. To him who is in fear everything rustles.
  41. Trust dies but mistrust blossoms.
  42. War never takes a wicked man by chance, the good man always.
  43. When a man has lost all happiness, he's not alive. Call him a breathing corpse.
  44. Who seeks shall find.
  45. Whoever neglects the arts when he is young has lost the past and is dead to the future.
  46. Whoever thinks that he alone has speech, or possesses speech or mind above others, when unfolded such men are seen to be empty.
  47. Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.
  48. Wisdom outweighs any wealth.
  49. You should not consider a man's age but his acts.

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