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Quotations --- Sophocles


 

One word
Frees us of all the weight and pain of life:
That word is love.


 

Fortune is not on the side of the faint-hearted.

 

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

 

All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride.

 

One must wait until the evening to see how splendid the day has been.

 

Go then if you must, but remember, no matter how foolish your deeds, those who love you will love you still.

 

If you try to cure evil with evil
you will add more pain to your fate.

 

There's nothing in the world so demoralizing as money.

 

You can kill a man but you can't kill a idea.

 

Trust dies but mistrust blossoms.

 

Don't kill the messenger.

 

Wild as you are, all that love you must love you still.

 

No enemy is worse than bad advice.

 

Children are the anchors that hold a mother to life.

 

Wisdom outweighs any wealth.

 

One learns by doing a thing; for though you think you know it, you have no certainty until you try.

 

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

 

Numberless are the world's wonders, but none more wonderful than man.

 

Unwanted favours gain no gratitude.

 

The greatest griefs are those we cause ourselves.

 

Success is dependent on effort.

 

A soul that is kind and intends justice discovers more than any sophist.

 

There is no greater evil than men's failure to consult and to consider.

 

Always desire to learn something useful.

 

In time you will know this well: For time, and time alone, will show the just man, though scoundrels are discovered in a day.

 

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

 

Of all vile things current on earth, none is so vile as money.

 

There is much that is strange, but nothing that surpasses man in strangeness.

 

Yet I pity the poor wretch, though he's my enemy. He's yoked to an evil delusion, but the same fate could be mine. I see clearly: we who live are all phantoms, fleeing shadows.

 

How terrible-- to see the truth when the truth is only pain to him who sees!

 

“Take these things to heart, my son, I warn you.
All men make mistakes, it is only human.
But once the wrong is done, a man
can turn his back on folly, misfortune too,
if he tries to make amends, however low he's fallen,
and stops his bullnecked ways. Stubbornness
brands you for stupidity - pride is a crime.”

 

Whatever is sought for can be caught, you know, whatever is neglected slips away.

 

 

 


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