Authors - Sophocles

Brief Biography

Sophocles (c. 497/6 BC - winter 406/5 BC) is one of three ancient Greek tragedians whose plays have survived. His first plays were written later than those of Aeschylus, and earlier than or contemporary with those of Euripides. According to the Suda, a 10th century encyclopedia, Sophocles wrote 123 plays during the course of his life, but only seven have survived in a complete form: Ajax, Antigone, The Women of Trachis, Oedipus the King, Electra, Philoctetes and Oedipus at Colonus. For almost 50 years, Sophocles was the most-feted playwright in the dramatic competitions of the city-state of Athens that took place during the religious festivals of the Lenaea and the Dionysia. He competed in around 30 competitions, won perhaps 24, and was never judged lower than second place. Aeschylus won 14 competitions, and was sometimes defeated by Sophocles, while Euripides won only 4 competitions. - Wikipedia

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Quote 5253by Anonymous on 07/06/2011

For God hates utterly The bray of bragging tongues.
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    Quote 5256by Anonymous on 07/06/2011

    There is no happiness where there is no wisdom;No wisdom but in submission to the gods.Big words are always punished,And proud men in old age learn to be wise.
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      Quote 5259by Anonymous on 08/06/2011

      Time eases all things.
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        Quote 5266by Anonymous on 10/06/2011

        Truly, to tell lies is not honorable; but when the truth entails tremendous ruin,To speak dishonorably is pardonable.
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          Quote 5311by Anonymous on 18/06/2011

          Wisdom outweighs any wealth.
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            Quote 5816by Anonymous on 30/08/2011

            It is not righteousness to outrageA brave man dead, not even though you hate him.
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              Quote 5930by Anonymous on 06/09/2011

              A prudent mind can see room for misgiving, lest he who prospers would one day suffer reverse.
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                Quote 6062by Anonymous on 12/09/2011

                Nobody likes the man who brings bad news.
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                  Quote 6293by Anonymous on 18/09/2011

                  Show me the man who keeps his house in hand,He's fit for public authority.
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                    Quote 6389by Anonymous on 19/09/2011

                    The greatest griefs are those we cause ourselves.
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                      Quote 6606by Anonymous on 01/10/2011

                      Knowledge must come through action; you can have no test which is not fanciful, save by trial.
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                        Quote 6771by Anonymous on 07/10/2011

                        The good befriend themselves.
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                          Quote 6909by Anonymous on 13/10/2011

                          Grief teaches the steadiest minds to waver.
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                            Quote 6967by Anonymous on 14/10/2011

                            Rash indeed is he who reckons on the morrow, or haply on days beyond it; for tomorrow is not, until today is past.
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                              Quote 6998by Anonymous on 15/10/2011

                              How dreadful it is when the right judge judges wrong!
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                                Quote 7101by Anonymous on 21/10/2011

                                To him who is in fear everything rustles.
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                                  Quote 7209by Anonymous on 27/10/2011

                                  Reason is God's crowning gift to man.
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                                    Quote 7236by Anonymous on 29/10/2011

                                    Much speech is one thing, well-timed speech is another.
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                                      Quote 7510by Anonymous on 09/12/2011

                                      The end excuses any evil.
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                                        Quote 7603by Anonymous on 30/12/2011

                                        Success is dependent on effort.
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                                          Quote 8385by Anonymous on 08/05/2012

                                          Who seeks shall find.
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                                            Quote 8622by Anonymous on 20/05/2012

                                            Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.
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                                              Quote 8677by Anonymous on 22/05/2012

                                              Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.
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                                                Quote 12886by Anonymous on 31/05/2013

                                                Profit is sweet, even if it comes from deception.
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                                                  Quote 13930by Anonymous on 20/09/2013

                                                  Our happiness depends on wisdom all the way.
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                                                    Portrait of Sophocles