37 (thirty-seven) Quotations by Sophocles
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A prudent mind can see room for misgiving, lest he who prospers would one day suffer reverse.
A short saying oft contains much wisdom.
Grief teaches the steadiest minds to waver.
Heaven never helps the men who will not act.
How dreadful it is when the right judge judges wrong!
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.
It is terrible to speak well and be wrong.
It made our hair stand up in panic fear.
Knowledge must come through action; you can have no test which is not fanciful, save by trial.
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.
No one who errs unwillingly is evil.
Nobody likes the man who brings bad news.
Of all human ills, greatest is fortune's wayward tyranny.
Old age and the passage of time teach all things.
One who knows how to show and to accept kindness will be a friend better than any possession.
One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: that word is love.
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.
Stranger in a strange land.
The end excuses any evil.
The good befriend themselves.
The greatest griefs are those we cause ourselves.
There lives a man who arranges the things of today as pleasantly as possible but creeps blindly towards tomorrow.
Time eases all things.
To be doing good deeds is man's most glorious task.
To him who is in fear everything rustles.
To live without evil belongs only to the gods.
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 house, bloated with luxury, ever became prosperous without a woman's excellence?
What you cannot enforce, do not command.
Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.
Wisdom outweighs any wealth.
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