Sophocles

Sophocles

Sophocles (c. 497/6 – 406/5 BC) is one of three ancient Greek tragedians whose plays have survived. His first plays were written later than those of Aeschylus, and earlier than or contemporary with those of Euripides. Sophocles wrote 120 plays during the course of his life, but only seven have survived in a complete form.

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One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life. That word is love.

A man growing old becomes a child again.

How sweet for those faring badly to forget their misfortunes, even for a short time.

Alas, how quickly the gratitude owed to the dead flows off, how quick to be proved a deceiver.

All a man's affairs become diseased when he wishes to cure evils by evils.

Despair often breeds disease.

Always desire to learn something useful.

Evil gains work their punishment.

For those whose wit becomes the mother of villainy, those it educates to be evil in all things.

Enemies' gifts are no gifts and do no good.

Children are the anchors of a mother's life.

No enemy is worse than bad advice.

Gratitude to gratitude always gives birth.

Men of ill judgment ignore the good that lies within their hands, till they have lost it.

But this is a true saying among men: the gifts of enemies are no gifts and profitless.

Do not grieve yourself too much for those you hate, nor yet forget them utterly.

Evil counsel travels fast.

There is no witness so terrible and no accuser so powerful as conscience which dwells within us.

Not to be born is past all prizing best.

It was my care to make my life illustrious not by words more than by deeds.

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