Quotes of Sophocles

“In time you will know this well: For time, and time alone, will show the just man, though scoundrels are discovered in a day. ”- Oedipus Rex

Quotes of Sophocles“The happiest life is to be without thought”

“The truth is what I cherish and that’s my strength” – Oedipus Rex

“A city which belongs to just one man is no true city” Antigone

“Leave me to my own absurdity.” Antigone

Sophocles Quotes

“Wild as you are, all that love you must love you still.”

“Children are the anchors that hold a mother to life.”

“No enemy is worse than bad advice.”

“Wisdom outweighs any wealth.”

“Which would you choose if you could:
pleasure for yourself despite your friends
or a share in their grief?”- Ajax

“I have been a stranger here in my own land: All my life” Antigone

Unwanted favours gain no gratitude.Unwanted favours gain no gratitude. Sophocles

“Oblivion – what a blessing…for the mind to dwell a world away from pain.” Oedipus Rex

“Do not fear for me. Make straight your own path to destiny.”

Sophocles quotes“You must remember that no one lives a life free from pain and suffering.”

“Hide nothing, for time, which sees all and hears all, exposes all.”

“All my care is you, and all my pleasure yours.” Oedipus Rex

“There is no greater evil than men’s failure to consult and to consider.” Antigone

“It is not right if I am wrong. But if I am young, and right, what does my age matter?” Antigone

Sophocles quotes“Unwanted favours gain no gratitude.” – Oedipus at Colonus

“Do not believe that you alone can be right.
The man who thinks that,
The man who maintains that only he has the power
To reason correctly, the gift to speak, the soul—
A man  that, when you know him, turns out empty.” – Antigone

“Numberless are the world’s wonders, but none more wonderful than man” – Antigone

“One learns by doing a thing; for though you think you know it, you have no certainty until you try.”

“Fate has terrible power. You cannot escape it by wealth or war. No fort will keep it out, no ships outrun it.”

“All men make mistakes.” –  The Oedipus Cycle: Oedipus Rex/Oedipus at Colonus,Antigone

“What greater wound is there than a false friend?”

“Let every man in mankind’s frailty consider his last day; and let none presume on his good fortune until he find Life, at his death, a memory without pain.”

“How terrible– to see the truth when the truth is only pain to him who sees!”

“If you are out of trouble, watch for danger.”

“Truly, to tell lies is not honorable;
but when the truth entails tremendous ruin,
to speak dishonorably is pardonable.”

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

Quotes of Sophocles  

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Sophocles Quotes

One word Frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love.

Nobody likes the man who brings bad news.

To him who is in fear everything rustles.

A short saying often contains much wisdom.

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


The keenest sorrow is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities.

The dice of Zeus always fall luckily.

Success is dependent on effort.

Grief teaches the steadiest minds to waver.

Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.

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