Sophocles Quotes

Most popular Sophocles Quotes

To err is human.
— Sophocles
No man can escape his fate.
— Sophocles

fate

Wisdom outweighs any wealth.
— Sophocles

wisdom

What's done cannot be undone.
— Sophocles
Success is dependent on effort.
— Sophocles

success

Without labor nothing prospers.
— Sophocles
Let one nobly live or nobly die.
— Sophocles
Great Time makes all things dim.
— Sophocles
Kindness gives birth to kindness.
— Sophocles Ajax

kindness

No enemy is worse than bad advice.

advice

For money you would sell your soul?
— Sophocles
Fortune is not for the faint-hearted.
— Sophocles
There is no success without hardship.
— Sophocles
For kindness begets kindness evermore.
— Sophocles
Find friendship an unstable anchorage.
— Sophocles
A mind at peace does not engender wars.

inner peace

Strike at a great man and you will miss
— Sophocles
Truth is always the strongest argument.
— Sophocles
Fortune cannot aid those who do nothing.
— Sophocles

fortune

Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.
— Sophocles
A short saying oft contains much wisdom.
— Sophocles

wisdom

The dice of Zeus have ever lucky throws.
— Sophocles
Much wisdom often goes with fewest words.
— Sophocles
I cannot love a friend whose love is words.
— Sophocles
Our happiness depends on wisdom all the way.
— Sophocles
To be doing good is man's most glorious task.
— Sophocles
In a just cause the weak will beat the strong.
— Sophocles
In a just cause, the weak will beat the strong.
— Sophocles
Old age and the wear of time teach many things.
— Sophocles
Wisdom is the most important part of happiness.
— Sophocles
No man loves life like one who is growing older.
— Sophocles
Children are the anchors that hold a mother to life.
— Sophocles

motherhood children

Wonders are many, and none is more wonderful than man.
— Sophocles
Troubles hurt the most when they prove self-inflicted.

trouble

Kindness it is that which brings forth kindness always.
— Sophocles
I would prefer even to fail with honor than win by cheating.
— Sophocles

failure

Though a soul be wise, it is no shame for him to live and learn.
— Sophocles
There is no greater evil for men than the constraint of fortune.
— Sophocles

fortune

More men come to doom through dirty profits than are kept by them.
— Sophocles
Numberless are the world's wonders, but none more wonderful than man.
— Sophocles

mankind

In season, all is good." — "Who does not befriend himself by doing good?
— Sophocles
One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life. That word is love.
— Sophocles
How terrible is wisdom when it brings no profit to the man that is wise!
— Sophocles
If men live decently it is because discipline
saves their very lives for them.

discipline

All is disgust when a man leaves his own nature and does things that misfit it.
— Sophocles
No man has a more sacred obligation to obey the law than those who make the law.
— Sophocles
When a man has lost all happiness,
he's not alive.  Call him a breathing corpse.

unhappiness

A man, though wise, should never be ashamed of learning more, and must unbend his mind.
— Sophocles
I see
that everywhere among the race of men
it is the tongue that wins and not the deed.

tongue

There is no witness so terrible — no accuser so powerful as conscience which dwells within us.
— Sophocles
One must learn by doing the thing; for though you think you know it you have no certainty, until you try.
— Sophocles
Fate has terrible power. You cannot escape it by wealth or war. No fort will keep it out, no ships outrun it.
— Sophocles
If any count on two days, or any more, to come, they are a fool; for a man has no morrow, till with good luck he has got through today.