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Sophocles Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 my body is enslaved, still my mind is free.

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

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.

In a just cause the weak will beat the strong.

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

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.

It is best to live however one can be.

It is terrible to speak well and be wrong.