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Sophocles Quotes

A day lays low and lifts up again all human things.

A fearful man is always hearing things.

A human being is only breath and shadow.

A lie never lives to be old.

A man growing old becomes a child again.

A short saying often contains much wisdom.

A soul that is kind and intends justice discovers more than any sophist.

A state is not a state if it belongs to one man.

A wise doctor does not mutter incantations over a sore that needs the knife.

A wise man does not chatter with one whose mind is sick.

A word does not frighten the man who, in acting, feels no fear.

Alas, how quickly the gratitude owed to the dead flows off, how quick to be proved a deceiver.

All a man's affairs become diseased when he wishes to cure evils by evils.

All is disgust when a man leaves his own nature and does what is unfit.

Always desire to learn something useful.

Bear up, my child, bear up; Zeus who oversees and directs all things is still mighty in heaven.

Best to live lightly, unthinkingly.

Better not to exist than live basely.

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.