Sophocles Love Quotes and Famous Sayings
1. One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love.
Excerpt from Wikipedia: Sophocles (pronounced /ˈsɒfəkliːz/ in English; ancient Greek Σοφοκλῆς Sophoklēs, probably pronounced [sopʰoklɛ̂ːs]; c. 497/6 BC- winter 407/6 BC) was the second of the three ancient Greek tragedians whose work has survived. His first plays were written later than those of Aeschylus and earlier than those of Euripides. According to the Suda, a 10th century encyclopedia, Sophocles wrote 123 plays during the course of his life, but only seven have survived in a complete form: Ajax, Antigone, Trachinian Women, Oedipus the King, Electra, Philoctetes and Oedipus at Colonus.
For almost 50 years, Sophocles was the most-awarded playwright in the dramatic competitions of the city-state of Athens that took place during the religious festivals of the Lenaea and the Dionysia. Sophocles competed in around 30 competitions; he won perhaps 24 and never received lower than second place; in comparison, Aeschylus won 14 competitions and was defeated by Sophocles at times, while Euripides won only 4 competitions.
The most famous of Sophocles’ tragedies are those concerning Oedipus and Antigone: these are often known as the Theban plays, although each play was actually a part of different tetralogy, the other members of which are now lost. Sophocles influenced the development of the drama, most importantly by adding a third actor and 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 such as Aeschylus.
1. A fearful man is always hearing things.
2. A lie never lives to be old.
3. A man growing old becomes a child again.
4. A soul that is kind and intends justice discovers more than any sophist.
5. A wise doctor does not mutter incantations over a sore that needs the knife.
6. All a man’s affairs become diseased when he wishes to cure evils by evils.
7. All is disgust when a man leaves his own nature and does what is unfit.
8. Children are the anchors of a mother’s life.
9. Every man can see things far off but is blind to what is near.
10. Fortune cannot aid those who do nothing.
11. Hide nothing, for time, which sees all and hears all, exposes all.
12. How dreadful knowledge of the truth can be when there’s no help in the truth.
13. How sweet for those faring badly to forget their misfortunes even for a short time.
14. Hush! Check those words. Do not cure ill with ill and make your pain still heavier than it is.
15. I would prefer even to fail with honor than win by cheating.
16. If my body is enslaved, still my mind is free.
17. If one begins all deeds well, it is likely that they will end well too.
18. If you have done terrible things, you must endure terrible things; for thus the sacred light of injustice shines bright.
19. If you were to offer a thirsty man all wisdom, you would not please him more than if you gave him a drink.
20. It is the task of a good man to help those in misfortune.
21. It was my care to make my life illustrious not by words more than by deeds.
22. Look and you will find it – what is unsought will go undetected.
23. There is no sense in crying over spilt milk. Why bewail what is done and cannot be recalled?
24. Things gained through unjust fraud are never secure.
25. To be doing good deeds is man’s most glorious task.
26. Whoever thinks that he alone has speech, or possesses speech or mind above others, when unfolded such men are seen to be empty.