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I would prefer even to fail with honor than win by cheating. ---->>>

Who seeks shall find.

Who seeks shall find.

Not knowing anything is the sweetest life.

Not knowing anything is the sweetest life.

There is no success without hardship. ---->>>

Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.

Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.

Trust dies but mistrust blossoms.

Trust dies but mistrust blossoms.

Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.

Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.

To be doing good deeds is man's most glorious task.

To be doing good deeds is man's most glorious task.

Success is dependent on effort. ---->>>

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

Old age and the passage of time teach all things.

Old age and the passage of time teach all things.

The dice of Zeus always fall luckily. ---->>>

Much wisdom often goes with fewest words. ---->>>

Always desire to learn something useful.

Always desire to learn something useful.

Children are the anchors that hold a mother to life.

Children are the anchors that hold a mother to life.

Quick decisions are unsafe decisions. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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

Profit is sweet, even if it comes from deception.

Profit is sweet, even if it comes from deception.

Foolishness is indeed the sister of wickedness. ---->>>

A man growing old becomes a child again.

A man growing old becomes a child again.

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

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

Things gained through unjust fraud are never secure. ---->>>

There is no sense in crying over spilt milk. Why bewail what is done and cannot be recalled? ---->>>

There is no greater evil than anarchy. ---->>>

Best to live lightly, unthinkingly.

Best to live lightly, unthinkingly.

It is the task of a good man to help those in misfortune. ---->>>

Without labor nothing prospers.

Without labor nothing prospers.

A word does not frighten the man who, in acting, feels no fear.

A word does not frighten the man who, in acting, feels no fear.

Silence is an ornament for women. ---->>>

Now I see that going out into the testing ground of men it is the tongue and not the deed that wins the day. ---->>>

A human being is only breath and shadow. ---->>>

Deem no man happy until he passes the edo fhis life without suffering grief. ---->>>

War never takes a wicked man by chance, the good man always.

War never takes a wicked man by chance, the good man always.

The oaths of a woman I inscribe on water. ---->>>

Wisdom outweighs any wealth. ---->>>

Men should pledge themselves to nothing; for reflection makes a liar of their resolution.

Men should pledge themselves to nothing; for reflection makes a liar of their resolution.

Ignorant men don't know what good they hold in their hands until they've flung it away. ---->>>

A wise man does not chatter with one whose mind is sick. ---->>>

To him who is in fear everything rustles.

To him who is in fear everything rustles.

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

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

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

One who knows how to show and to accept kindness will be a friend better than any possession. ---->>>

If you have done terrible things, you must endure terrible things; for thus the sacred light of injustice shines bright. ---->>>

Whoever neglects the arts when he is young has lost the past and is dead to the future. ---->>>

If it were possible to cure evils by lamentation and to raise the dead with tears, then gold would be a less valuable thing than weeping. ---->>>

If we are to keep our democracy, there must be one commandment: 'Thou shalt not ration justice.' ---->>>

You should not consider a man's age but his acts. ---->>>

No treaty is ever an impediment to a cheat. ---->>>

No enemy is worse than bad advice. ---->>>

Isn't it the sweetest mockery to mock our enemies? ---->>>

Time alone reveals the just man; but you might discern a bad man in a single day.

Time alone reveals the just man; but you might discern a bad man in a single day.

Our happiness depends on wisdom all the way.

Our happiness depends on wisdom all the way.

No lie ever reaches old age. ---->>>

Don't you know that silence supports the accuser's charge? ---->>>

Reason is God's crowning gift to man. ---->>>

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

God's dice always have a lucky roll.

God's dice always have a lucky roll.

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

If my body is enslaved, still my mind is free. ---->>>

A lie never lives to be old. ---->>>

For death is not the worst, but when one wants to die and is not able even to have that. ---->>>

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

To give birth is a fearsome thing; there is no hating the child one has borne even when injured by it. ---->>>

It is the merit of a general to impart good news, and to conceal the truth. ---->>>

No speech can stain what is noble by nature.

No speech can stain what is noble by nature.

Better not to exist than live basely. ---->>>

Despair often breeds disease. ---->>>

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

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

What house, bloated with luxury, ever became prosperous without a woman's excellence? ---->>>

Fortune cannot aid those who do nothing. ---->>>

I see the state of all of us who live, nothing more than phantoms or a weightless shadow. ---->>>

Men may know many things by seeing; but no prophet can see before the event, nor what end waits for him. ---->>>

No one longs to live more than someone growing old. ---->>>

Not even old age knows how to love death. ---->>>

When a man has lost all happiness, he's not alive. Call him a breathing corpse. ---->>>

Whoever grows angry amid troubles applies a drug worse than the disease and is a physician unskilled about misfortunes. ---->>>

Even a poor man can receive honors. ---->>>

Not even Ares battles against necessity. ---->>>

The gods plant reason in mankind, of all good gifts the highest. ---->>>

There is a time when even justice brings harm. ---->>>

There is nothing more hateful than bad advice. ---->>>

There is some pleasure even in words, when they bring forgetfulness of present miseries. ---->>>

Whoever gets up and comes to grips with Love like a boxer is a fool. ---->>>

Bear up, my child, bear up; Zeus who oversees and directs all things is still mighty in heaven. ---->>>

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

How dreadful knowledge of the truth can be when there's no help in the truth. ---->>>

If one begins all deeds well, it is likely that they will end well too. ---->>>

Whoever thinks that he alone has speech, or possesses speech or mind above others, when unfolded such men are seen to be empty. ---->>>

You win the victory when you yield to friends. ---->>>

For the dead there are no more toils. ---->>>

Much speech is one thing, well-timed speech is another. ---->>>

Not all things are to be discovered; many are better concealed. ---->>>

Reverence does not die with mortals, nor does it perish whether they live or die. ---->>>

There is a point at which even justice does injury. ---->>>

When trouble ends even troubles please. ---->>>

Whoever understands how to do a kindness when he fares well would be a friend better than any possession. ---->>>

All is disgust when a man leaves his own nature and does what is unfit. ---->>>

Evil gains work their punishment. ---->>>

For shameful deeds are taught by shameful deeds. ---->>>

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

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

I see that all of us who live are nothing but images or insubstantial shadow. ---->>>

No one who errs unwillingly is evil. ---->>>

Not to be born is, past all prizing, best. ---->>>

Those whose life is long still strive for gain, and for all mortals all things take second place to money. ---->>>

But whoever gives birth to useless children, what would you say of him except that he has bred sorrows for himself, and furnishes laughter for his enemies. ---->>>

There is an ancient saying among men that you cannot thoroughly understand the life of mortals before the man has died, then only can you call it good or bad. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Wise thinkers prevail everywhere.

Wise thinkers prevail everywhere.

A short saying often contains much wisdom. ---->>>

Look and you will find it - what is unsought will go undetected. ---->>>

Gratitude to gratitude always gives birth. ---->>>

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

Kindness is ever the begetter of kindness. ---->>>

A day lays low and lifts up again all human things. ---->>>

A state is not a state if it belongs to one man. ---->>>

It is terrible to speak well and be wrong. ---->>>

Every man can see things far off but is blind to what is near. ---->>>

Hush! Check those words. Do not cure ill with ill and make your pain still heavier than it is. ---->>>

Enemies' gifts are no gifts and do no good. ---->>>

It's a terrible thing to speak well and be wrong. ---->>>

A wise doctor does not mutter incantations over a sore that needs the knife. ---->>>

I would rather miss the mark acting well than win the day acting basely. ---->>>

It's impossible to speak what it is not noble to do. ---->>>

It is best to live however one can be. ---->>>

No man loves the bearer of bad tidings. ---->>>

The rewards of virtue alone abide secure. ---->>>

There is no greater evil for men than the constraint of fortune. ---->>>

For the wretched one night is like a thousand; for someone faring well death is just one more night. ---->>>

In a just cause the weak will beat the strong. ---->>>

Man is not constituted to take pleasure in the same things always. ---->>>

There are some who praise a man free from disease; to me no man who is poor seems free from disease but to be constantly sick. ---->>>

Whoever lives among many evils just as I, how can dying not be a source of gain? ---->>>

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. ---->>>

He who throws away a friend is as bad as he who throws away his life. ---->>>

Evil counsel travels fast. ---->>>

Whoever thinks his friend more important than his country, I rate him nowhere. ---->>>

To live without evil belongs only to the gods. ---->>>

Biography

Name: Sophocles
Nationality: Greek
Born: 496 BC
Birthplace:
Die: 406 BC
Occupation: Poet
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Sophocles (; Greek: Σοφοκλῆς, Sophoklēs, Ancient Greek: [so.pʰo.klɛ̂ːs]; c. 497/6 – winter 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 (wikipedia)