Q – Sophocles

Sophocles circa 496 - 406BC was an Ancient Greek tragedian (writer of tragedy drama).

For almost fifty years Sophocles was the most celebrated playwright in dramatic competitions held in the city-state of Athens during the religious festivals of the Lenaea and the Dionysia in honour of the god Dionysus.

 

‘Rather fail with honour, than succeed by fraud’

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‘What you cannot enforce, do not command’

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‘Success is dependent on effort’

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‘He who throws away a friend is as bad as he who throws away his life’

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‘Much speech is one thing; well-timed speech is another’

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‘A lie never lives to be old’

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‘Without labour, nothing prospers’

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‘Time eases all things’

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‘No man loves life like him that’s growing old’

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‘Grief teaches the steadiest minds to waver’

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‘Trust dies but mistrust blossoms’

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‘War never takes a wicked man by chance, the good man always’

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‘The greatest griefs are those we cause ourselves’

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‘Children are the anchors that hold a mother to life’

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‘Truth is always the strongest argument’

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

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‘Man’s worst ill is stubbornness of heart’

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‘There is no greater evil than anarchy’

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‘The soul that has conceived one wickedness can nurse no good thereafter’

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‘Nobody likes the man who brings bad news’

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‘Do nothing secretly; for Time sees and hears all things, and discloses all’

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‘There’s nothing in the world so demoralizing as money’

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‘How dreadful knowledge of the truth can be, when there’s no help in truth’

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‘The end excuses any evil’

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

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

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