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Sophocles (Greek: Σοφοκλῆς, pronounced [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, or contemporary with, those of Aeschylus; and earlier than, or contemporary with, those of Euripides. Sophocles wrote over 120 plays, but only seven have survived in a complete form: Ajax, Antigone, Women of Trachis, Oedipus Rex, Electra, Philoctetes and Oedipus at Colonus.

For almost fifty years, Sophocles was the most celebrated playwright in the dramatic competitions of the city-state of Athens which took place during the religious festivals of the Lenaea and the Dionysia. He competed in thirty competitions, won twenty-four, and was never judged lower than second place. Aeschylus won thirteen competitions, and was sometimes defeated by Sophocles; Euripides won four.

The most famous tragedies of Sophocles feature Oedipus and Antigone: they are generally known as the Theban plays, though each was part of a different tetralogy (the other members of which are now lost). Sophocles influenced the development of drama, most importantly by adding a third actor (attributed to Sophocles by Aristotle; to Aeschylus by Themistius), thereby reducing the importance of the chorus in the presentation of the plot. He also developed his characters to a greater extent than earlier playwrights.

Quote: Wisdom outweighs any wealth. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of flowers
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Wisdom outweighs any wealth.


Quote: Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of bird at pier
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Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.


Quote: Time eases all things. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of person wearing round black analog watch at 9:46
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Time eases all things.


Quote: A mind at peace does not engender wars. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of man holding rifle
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A mind at peace does not engender wars.


Quote: A fearful man is always hearing things. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of lone tree in grassland
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A fearful man is always hearing things.


Quote: No man loves the bearer of bad tidings. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of group of people sitting on ground with bonfire during daytime
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No man loves the bearer of bad tidings.


Quote: Gratitude to gratitude always gives birth. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of green bird perching on stem
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Gratitude to gratitude always gives birth.


Quote: Much wisdom often goes with fewest words. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of woman hugging other woman while smiling at beach
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Much wisdom often goes with fewest words.


Quote: You win the victory when you yield to friends. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of boy and girl playing on three tree log
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You win the victory when you yield to friends.


Quote: Even a poor man can receive honors. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of brown and green leaf in close up photography
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Even a poor man can receive honors.


Quote: War never takes a wicked man by chance, the good man always. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of soldiers in truck
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War never takes a wicked man by chance, the good man always.


Quote: To be doing good deeds is man's most glorious task. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of man holding banknote
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To be doing good deeds is man's most glorious task.


Quote: Our happiness depends on wisdom all the way. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of woman carrying toddler on seashore
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Our happiness depends on wisdom all the way.


Quote: Always desire to learn something useful. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of brown tabby kitten on black surface
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Always desire to learn something useful.


Quote: It is no weakness for the wisest man to learn when he is wrong. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of brown and black butterfly on yellow flower
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It is no weakness for the wisest man to learn when he is wrong.


Quote: For death is not the worst, but when one wants to die and is not able even to have that. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

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


Quote: Gentle time will heal our sorrows. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Gentle time will heal our sorrows.


Quote: It is always fair sailing, when you escape evil. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

It is always fair sailing, when you escape evil.


Quote: If they are just, they are better than clever. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

If they are just, they are better than clever.


Quote: The curse of ignorance is that man without being good or evil is nevertheless satisfied with himself. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

The curse of ignorance is that man without being good or evil is nevertheless satisfied with himself.


Quote: To me so deep a silence portends some dread event; a clamorous sorrow wastes itself in sound. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

To me so deep a silence portends some dread event; a clamorous sorrow wastes itself in sound.


Quote: How terrible is wisdom, when it brings no profit to the man that's wise. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

How terrible is wisdom, when it brings no profit to the man that's wise.


Quote: It is terrible to speak well and be wrong. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

It is terrible to speak well and be wrong.


Quote: For whoever knows how to return a kindness he has received must be a friend above all price. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

For whoever knows how to return a kindness he has received must be a friend above all price.


Quote: A man who deals in fairness with his own, he can make manifest justice in the state. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

A man who deals in fairness with his own, he can make manifest justice in the state.


Quote: Men of ill-judgment oft ignore the good that lies within their hands, til they have lost it. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

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


Quote: Nothing prospers without effort. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Nothing prospers without effort.


Quote: Those who jump to conclusions may go wrong. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Those who jump to conclusions may go wrong.


Quote: How dreadful it is when the right judge judges wrong. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

How dreadful it is when the right judge judges wrong.


Quote: Many the wonders but nothing walks stranger than man. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Many the wonders but nothing walks stranger than man.


Quote: Every wind is fare when we are flying from misfortune. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Every wind is fare when we are flying from misfortune.


Quote: One must learn by doing the thing. For though you think you know it, you have no certainty until you try. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

One must learn by doing the thing. For though you think you know it, you have no certainty until you try.


Quote: Sons are the anchors of a mother's life. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Sons are the anchors of a mother's life.


Quote: The rewards of virtue alone abide secure. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

The rewards of virtue alone abide secure.


Quote: False words do not bring forth fruit. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

False words do not bring forth fruit.


Quote: I would prefer even to fail with honor than to win by cheating. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

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


Quote: The wise form right judgment of the present from what is past. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

The wise form right judgment of the present from what is past.


Quote: If you believe that stubbornness without reflection Is a virtue, you are thinking crookedly. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

If you believe that stubbornness without reflection Is a virtue, you are thinking crookedly.


Quote: Silence has many beauties. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Silence has many beauties.


Quote: To women silence is the best ornament. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

To women silence is the best ornament.


Quote: Many are the things that man seeing must understand. Not seeing, how shall he know what lies in the hand of time to come? by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Many are the things that man seeing must understand. Not seeing, how shall he know what lies in the hand of time to come?


Quote: A man can get a reputation from very small things. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

A man can get a reputation from very small things.


Quote: I pity the poor wretch, though he's my enemy. He's yoked to an evil delusion, but the same fate could be mine. I see clearly: we who live are all phantoms, fleeing shadows. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

I pity the poor wretch, though he's my enemy. He's yoked to an evil delusion, but the same fate could be mine. I see clearly: we who live are all phantoms, fleeing shadows.


Quote: Piety dies not with man; live they or die they, it perishes not. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Piety dies not with man; live they or die they, it perishes not.


Quote: Opportunity possessing the power over all things, acquires much in its course. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Opportunity possessing the power over all things, acquires much in its course.


Quote: For it is not right that a noble man should take pleasure when the pleasure is not right. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

For it is not right that a noble man should take pleasure when the pleasure is not right.


Quote: Surely there never was so evil a thing as money, which maketh cities into ruinous heaps, and banisheth men from their houses, and turneth their thoughts from good unto evil. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Surely there never was so evil a thing as money, which maketh cities into ruinous heaps, and banisheth men from their houses, and turneth their thoughts from good unto evil.


Quote: All men may err; but he that keepeth not his folly, but repenteth, doeth well; but stubbornness cometh to great trouble. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

All men may err; but he that keepeth not his folly, but repenteth, doeth well; but stubbornness cometh to great trouble.


Quote: It is better not to exist than to live in misery. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

It is better not to exist than to live in misery.


Quote: Ah, race of mortal men,
How as a thing of nought
I count ye, though ye live;
For who is there of men
That more of blessing knows,
Than just a little while
To seem to prosper well,
And, having seemed, to fall? by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Ah, race of mortal men,
How as a thing of nought
I count ye, though ye live;
For who is there of men
That more of blessing knows,
Than just a little while
To seem to prosper well,
And, having seemed, to fall?


Quote: Each one of us must live the life God gives him; it cannot be shirked. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Each one of us must live the life God gives him; it cannot be shirked.


Quote: The gifts of enemies are no gifts, and are fraught with mischief. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

The gifts of enemies are no gifts, and are fraught with mischief.


Quote: I am the child of Fortune, the giver of good, and I shall not be shamed. She is my mother; my sisters are the Seasons; my rising and my falling match with theirs. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

I am the child of Fortune, the giver of good, and I shall not be shamed. She is my mother; my sisters are the Seasons; my rising and my falling match with theirs.


Quote: Envy crawls toward the wealthy. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Envy crawls toward the wealthy.


Quote: All our mortal lives are set in danger and perplexity: one day to prosper, and the next -- who knows? When all is well, then look for rocks ahead. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

All our mortal lives are set in danger and perplexity: one day to prosper, and the next -- who knows? When all is well, then look for rocks ahead.


Quote: For chance is ever raising up the unhappy and casting down the happy, and none can say whether a man's destiny be the one or the other. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

For chance is ever raising up the unhappy and casting down the happy, and none can say whether a man's destiny be the one or the other.


Quote: For Chance may lift and Chance may dip the scale
Of fortune and misfortune any day. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

For Chance may lift and Chance may dip the scale
Of fortune and misfortune any day.


Quote: Chance rules our lives, and the future is all unknown. Best live as we may, from day to day. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Chance rules our lives, and the future is all unknown. Best live as we may, from day to day.


Quote: My son, I pray
that chance will prove kinder to you
than she was to me. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

My son, I pray
that chance will prove kinder to you
than she was to me.


Quote: What, shall such traces of my birth appear,

																			And I not follow them! It may not be. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

What, shall such traces of my birth appear,

And I not follow them! It may not be.


Quote: A fool cannot be an actor, though an actor may act a fool's part. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

A fool cannot be an actor, though an actor may act a fool's part.


Quote: Give me a life wherever there is an opportunity to live, and better life than was my father's. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Give me a life wherever there is an opportunity to live, and better life than was my father's.


Quote: For God hates utterly the bray of bragging tongues. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

For God hates utterly the bray of bragging tongues.


Quote: I could not turn away from anyone 
Like you, a stranger, or refuse to help him. 
I know well, being mortal, that my claim
Upon the future is no more than yours. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

I could not turn away from anyone
Like you, a stranger, or refuse to help him.
I know well, being mortal, that my claim
Upon the future is no more than yours.


Quote: No one loves the messenger who brings bad news. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

No one loves the messenger who brings bad news.


Quote: For the gods, though slow to see, see well, whenever a man casting aside worship turns folly. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

For the gods, though slow to see, see well, whenever a man casting aside worship turns folly.


Quote: Whoe'er imagines prudence all his own, Or deems that he hath powers to speak and judge Such as none other hath, when they are known, They are found shallow. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Whoe'er imagines prudence all his own, Or deems that he hath powers to speak and judge Such as none other hath, when they are known, They are found shallow.


Quote: What you cannot enforce, do not command! by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

What you cannot enforce, do not command!


Quote: A cunning fellow is man, inventive beyond all expectation, he reaches sometimes evil and sometimes good. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

A cunning fellow is man, inventive beyond all expectation, he reaches sometimes evil and sometimes good.


Quote: Whoever has a keen eye for profits, is blind in relation to his craft. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Whoever has a keen eye for profits, is blind in relation to his craft.


Quote: Astronomy? Impossible to understand and madness to investigate. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Astronomy? Impossible to understand and madness to investigate.


Quote: 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. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

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.


Quote: In darkness one may be ashamed of what one does, without the shame of disgrace. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

In darkness one may be ashamed of what one does, without the shame of disgrace.


Quote: When people fall in deep distress, their native sense departs. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

When people fall in deep distress, their native sense departs.


Quote: Count no mortal fortunate till he has departed this life free from pain. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Count no mortal fortunate till he has departed this life free from pain.


Quote: To those who err in judgment, not in will, anger is gentle. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

To those who err in judgment, not in will, anger is gentle.


Quote: And if you think my acts are foolishness the foolishness may be in a fool's eye. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

And if you think my acts are foolishness the foolishness may be in a fool's eye.


Quote: And if my present deeds are foolish in thy sight, it may be that a foolish judge arraigns my folly. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

And if my present deeds are foolish in thy sight, it may be that a foolish judge arraigns my folly.


Quote: Men's minds are given to change in hate and friendship. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Men's minds are given to change in hate and friendship.


Quote: Better to die, and sleep

The never-waking sleep, than linger on

And dare to live when the soul's life is gone. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Better to die, and sleep

The never-waking sleep, than linger on

And dare to live when the soul's life is gone.


Quote: Nobody likes the man who brings bad news. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Nobody likes the man who brings bad news.


Quote: Even from the first it is meek to seek the impossible. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Even from the first it is meek to seek the impossible.


Quote: Love, you mock us for your sport. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Love, you mock us for your sport.


Quote: I write a woman's oaths in water. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

I write a woman's oaths in water.


Quote: Let a man nobly live or nobly die. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Let a man nobly live or nobly die.


Quote: Sleep, thou patron of mankind, Great physician of the mind Who does nor pain nor sorrow know, Sweetest balm of every woe. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Sleep, thou patron of mankind, Great physician of the mind Who does nor pain nor sorrow know, Sweetest balm of every woe.


Quote: More men come to doom through dirty profits than are kept by them. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

More men come to doom through dirty profits than are kept by them.


Quote: A prudent man should neglect no circumstances. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

A prudent man should neglect no circumstances.


Quote: I have no desire to suffer twice, in reality and then in retrospect. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

I have no desire to suffer twice, in reality and then in retrospect.


Quote: How dangerous can false reasoning prove! by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

How dangerous can false reasoning prove!


Quote: Not to be born surpasses all reckoning. The next best thing by far, when one has been born is to go back as swiftly as possible whence one came. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Not to be born surpasses all reckoning. The next best thing by far, when one has been born is to go back as swiftly as possible whence one came.


Quote: Afterthought makes the first resolve a liar. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Afterthought makes the first resolve a liar.


Quote: To err from the right path is common to mankind. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

To err from the right path is common to mankind.


Quote: It is not righteousness to outrage. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

It is not righteousness to outrage.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

It is not righteousness to outrage A brave man dead, not even though you hate him.


Quote: Do nothing secretly; for Time sees and hears all things, and discloses all. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Do nothing secretly; for Time sees and hears all things, and discloses all.


Quote: Time is the only test of honest men, one day is space enough to know a rogue. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Time is the only test of honest men, one day is space enough to know a rogue.


Quote: Shame brings no advantage in misfortunes, for silence (of the accused) is the ally of the speaker. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Shame brings no advantage in misfortunes, for silence (of the accused) is the ally of the speaker.


Quote: Pardon, and keep silent, for what is shameful for women must be concealed among women. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Pardon, and keep silent, for what is shameful for women must be concealed among women.


Quote: Truth is always straightforward. by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Truth is always straightforward.


Quote: Alas! how terrible it is to know, 
Where no good comes of knowing! by author Sophocles overlaid on photo of photo of author Sophocles with quote

Alas! how terrible it is to know,
Where no good comes of knowing!


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