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SOPHOCLES
Greek tragic poet
(c. 496 BC - 406 BC)
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One learns by doing the thing; for though you think you know it, you have no certainty until you try.
      - [Learning]

Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.
      - [Failure : Success]

Silence gives the proper grace to women.
      - [Silence]

The gods love those of ordered soul.
      - [Order]

The man the state has put in place must have obedient hearing to his least command when it is right, and even when it's not.
      - [Obedience]

The rugged, all-nourishing earth.
      - [Earth]

Though a man be wise it is no shame for him to live and learn.
      - [Wisdom]

To him who is in fear everything rustles.
      - [Fear]

To women silence gives their proper grace.
      - [Silence]

Truth is always straightforward.
      - [Truth]

War never takes a wicked man by chance, the good man always.
      - [War]

Wisdom is the most important part of happiness.
      - [Wisdom]

You win the victory when you yield to friends.
      - [Victory]

A lie never lives to be old.
      - Acrisius (frag. 59) [Lying]

Woman, to women silence is the best ornament.
      - Ajax (293) [Silence]

To touch the quick.
      - Ajax (786) [Sensibility]

A short saying oft contains much wisdom.
      - Aletes (frag. 99) [Wisdom]

Whom Jupiter would destroy he first drives mad.
  [Lat., Quem Jupiter vult perdere, dementat primus.]
      - Antigone,
        (Johnson's edition) (1758), p. 632
        [Insanity]

To me so deep a silence portends some dread event; a clamorous sorrow wastes itself in sound.
      - Antigone (1251) [Silence]

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.
      - Antigone (707) [Conceit]

There is a point at which even justice does injury.
      - Electra [Justice]

You do the deeds,
  And your ungodly deeds find me the words.
      - Electra (l. 624), (Milton's translation)
        [Deeds]

It is never right to consider that a man has been made happy by fate, until his life is absolutely finished, and he has ended his existence.
      - Frag. Tyndarus [Hope]

Heaven ne'er helps the men who will not act.
      - Fragment (288) [Action : Decision : Heaven]

I write a woman's oaths in water.
      - Fragment (l. 120) [Oaths]


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