Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.

— Sophocles

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Silence has many beauties.

159

The dice of Zeus always fall luckily.

104

Always desire to learn something useful

86

All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride.

70

Children are the anchors of a mother's life.

64

There is nothing more hateful than bad advice.

53

Go then if you must, but remember, no matter how foolish your deeds, those who love you will love you still.

50

What greater wound is there than a false friend?

50

Things gained through unjust fraud are never secure.

47

To never have been born may be the greatest boon of all.

44

There is no success without hardship.

43

There is no witness so terrible and no accuser so powerful as conscience which dwells within us.

40

About Sophocles

Quotes 439 sayings
Nationality Greek
Profession Poet
Birthday 496 BC

One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life; that word is love.

40

Zeus detests above all the boasts of a proud tongue.

40

Time, which sees all things, has found you out.

35

Truth is always straightforward.

34

Kindness gives birth to kindness.

33

Without labor nothing prospers.

33

Money is the worst currency that ever grew among mankind.

This sacks cities, this drives men from their homes, this teaches and corrupts the worthiest minds to turn base deeds.

32

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

31

One who knows how to show and to accept kindness will be a friend better than any possession.

31

If we always helped one another, no one would need luck.

31

All concerns of men go wrong when they wish to cure evil with evil.

27

There is no sense in crying over spilt milk. Why bewail what is done and cannot be recalled?

25

Laziness is the mother of all evils.

23

A human being is only breath and shadow.

23

Ignorant men don't know what good they hold in their hands until they've flung it away.

23

A man though wise, should never be ashamed of learning more, and must unbend his mind.

22

Truth is always the strongest argument.

22

Opinions have greater power than strength of hands.

21

Chance never helps those who do not help themselves.

20

Trust dies but mistrust blossoms.

20

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

20

Truth hates delay. (Veritas odit moras.)

19

No treaty is ever an impediment to a cheat.

19

Kindness begets kindness evermore.

19

I recommend...bread, meat, vegetables, and beer.

18

What people believe prevails over the truth.

18

Quick decisions are unsafe decisions.

17

Much speech is one thing, well-timed speech is another.

16

Kindness is ever the begetter of kindness.

16

Foolishness is indeed the sister of wickedness.

16

A short saying often contains much wisdom.

15

A lie never lives to be old.

15

Kindness it is that brings forth kindness always.

15

Whom Jupiter would destroy he first drives mad.

15

Who feels no ills, should, therefore, fear them;

and when fortune smiles, be doubly cautious, lest destruction come remorseless on him, and he fall unpitied.

14

Men of ill judgment ignore the good that lies within their hands, till they have lost it.

14

Don't you know that silence supports the accuser's charge?

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