Quotes of Wisdom: Sophocles on the Wisdom of Tragedy

Man’s highest blessedness,
In wisdom chiefly stands;
And in the things that touch upon the Gods,
‘Tis best in word or deed
To shun unholy pride;
Great words of boasting bring great punishments,
And so to grey-haired age
Teach wisdom at the last.

~ Sophocles, from his tragic play Antigone


More Inspirational and Motivational Quotes of Wisdom by Sophocles:

“Look and you will find it – what is unsought will go undetected.”

“Death is not the greatest of evils; it is worse to want to die, and not be able to”

“Quick decisions are unsafe decisions.”

“There is no success without hardship.”

“Though a man be wise it is no shame for him to live and learn”

“Success is dependent on effort.”

“Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.”

“How dreadful knowledge of the truth can be when there’s no help in the truth.”

“A short saying oft contains much wisdom”

“One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life. That word is love.”

“There is no witness so terrible, no accuser so powerful as conscience which dwells within us.”

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

“Nobody likes the bringer of bad news”

“A lie never lives to be old.”

“Kindness is ever the begetter of kindness.”

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

“Who seeks shall find.”

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

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

“God’s dice always have a lucky roll”

Wonders are many, and none is more wonderful than the power that crosses the white sea, driven by the stormy wind, making a path under surges that threaten to engulf him…”

“When a man has lost all happiness, he’s not alive. Call him a breathing corpse.”

“Wisdom is the most important part of happiness.”

“It is only great souls that know how much glory there is in being good”

“Nobody has a more sacred obligation to obey the law than those who make the law”

“He who throws away a friend is as bad as he who throws away his life.”

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

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

“What you cannot enforce, do not command.”

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

“How dreadful it is when the right judge judges wrong”

“Without labor nothing prospers.”

“In darkness one may be ashamed of what one does, without the shame of disgrace”

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

“The ideal condition would be, I admit, that men should be right by instinct; but since we are all likely to go astray, The reasonable thing is to learn from those who can teach”

“No honest man will argue on every side”

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