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Sophocles (496 BC - 406 BC)
Greek tragic dramatist [more author details]
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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.
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Sophocles, Antigone
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.
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Sophocles, Antigone
Wisdom outweighs any wealth.
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Sophocles, Antigone
Truly, to tell lies is not honorable;
but when the truth entails tremendous ruin,
To speak dishonorably is pardonable.
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Sophocles, Creusa
Death is not the worst thing; rather, when one who craves death cannot attain even that wish.
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Sophocles, Electra
Death is not the worst; rather, in vain
To wish for death, and not to compass it.
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Sophocles, Electra
The end excuses any evil.
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Sophocles, Electra (c.409 BC)
It made our hair stand up in panic fear.
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Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus
One word
Frees us of all the weight and pain of life:
That word is love.
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Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus
Stranger in a strange country.
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Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus
The good befriend themselves.
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Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus
How dreadful knowledge of the truth can be
When there's no help in truth!
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Sophocles, Oedipus Rex
The greatest griefs are those we cause ourselves.
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Sophocles, Oedipus Rex
Time eases all things.
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Sophocles, Oedipus Rex
A prudent mind can see room for misgiving, lest he who prospers would one day suffer reverse.
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Sophocles, Trachiniae
Knowledge must come through action; you can have no test which is not fanciful, save by trial.
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Sophocles, Trachiniae
Rash indeed is he who reckons on the morrow, or haply on days beyond it; for tomorrow is not, until today is past.
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Sophocles, Trachiniae

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