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Sophocles Quotes

127 Sophocles quotes:

"Alas, how quickly the gratitude owed to the dead flows off, how quick to be proved a deceiver."
"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."
"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."
"Don't you know that silence supports the accuser's charge?"
"Even a poor man can receive honors."
"Every man can see things far off but is blind to what is near."
"Evil counsel travels fast."
"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 the state of all of us who live, nothing more than phantoms or a weightless shadow."
"If we are to keep our democracy, there must be one commandment: "Thou shalt not ration justice."
"If you have done terrible things, you must endure terrible things; for thus the sacred light of injustice shines bright."
"If you were to offer a thirsty man all wisdom, you would not please him more than if you gave him a drink."
"Ignorant men don't know what good they hold in their hands until they've flung it away."
"It is best to live however one can be."
"It was my care to make my life illustrious not by words more than by deeds."
"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."

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