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Sophocles

Sophocles (496 BC–406 BC) was an ancient Greek playwright, dramatist, priest, and politician of Athens. He was also a general for the Athenian Empire in the Peloponnesian Wars, and during his service he led the battle against the Peloponnesian Island of Samos.
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There is no success without hardship.

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One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: that word is love.

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A prudent mind can see room for misgiving, lest he who prospers would one day suffer reverse.

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Who feels no ills, should, therefore, fear them; and when fortune smiles, be doubly cautious, lest destruction come remorseless on him, and he fall unpitied.

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Death is not the worst thing; rather, when one who craves death cannot attain even that wish.

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A short saying oft contains much wisdom.

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Knowledge must come through action; you can have no test which is not fanciful, save by trial.

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Reason is God's crowning gift to man.

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What you cannot enforce, do not command.

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

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The greatest griefs are those we cause ourselves.

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It made our hair stand up in panic fear.

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For God hates utterlyThe bray of bragging tongues.

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The ideal conditionWould 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.

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To him who is in fear everything rustles.

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Who seeks shall find.

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Of no mortal say, 'That man is happy,' till vexed by no grievous ill he pass life's goal.

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Time eases all things.

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The dice of Zeus always fall luckily.

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Much speech is one thing, well-timed speech is another.

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How terrible it is to have wisdom when it does not benefit those who have it.

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Kindness is ever the begetter of kindness.

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Despair often breeds disease.

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Men of perverse opinion do not know the excellence of what is in their hands, till someone dash it from them.

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Profit is sweet, even if it comes from deception.

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