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Sophocles


Ancient Greek playwright, dramatist, priest, and politician of Athens.
Sophocles
How dreadful knowledge of the truth can be
When there's no help in truth!
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Knowledge must come through action; you can have no test which is not fanciful, save by trial.
Sophocles
They are not wise, then, who stand forth to buffet against Love; for Love rules the gods as he will, and me.




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When ice appears out of doors, and boys seize it up while it is solid, at first they experience new pleasures. But in the end their pride will not agree to let it go, but their acquisition is not good for them if it stays in their hands. In the same way an identical desire drives lovers to act and not to act.
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Rash indeed is he who reckons on the morrow, or haply on days beyond it; for tomorrow is not, until today is past.
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A short saying often contains much wisdom.
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A lie never lives to be old.
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Not to be born is, past all prizing, best.
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Money: There's nothing in the world so demoralizing as money.
Sophocles
Children are the anchors of a mother's life.
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Love, unconquerable,
Waster of rich men, keeper
Of warm lights and all-night vigil
In the soft face of a girl:
Sea-wanderer, forest-visitor!
Even the pure immortals cannot escape you,
And mortal man, in his one day's dusk,
Trembles before your glory.




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Of all human ills, greatest is fortune's wayward tyranny.
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Truly, to tell lies is not honorable;
But when the truth entails tremendous ruin,
To speak dishonorably is pardonable.
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Let every man in mankind's frailty
Consider his last day; and let none
Presume on his good fortune until he find
Life, at his death, a memory without pain.
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There is no happiness where there is no wisdom;
No wisdom but in submission to the gods.
Big words are always punished,
And proud men in old age learn to be wise.
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Grief teaches the steadiest minds to waver.
Sophocles
Heaven ne'er helps the men who will not act.
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Unwanted favours gain no gratitude.
Sophocles
Our ship of fate, which recent storms have threatened to destroy, has come safely to harbor at last.
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For kindness begets kindness evermore,
But he from whose mind fades the memory
Of benefits, noble is he no more.


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