For whoever knows how to return a kindness he has received must be a friend above all price.
Philoctetes. Oxford translation. Revised by Buckley.
Let every man in mankind's frailtyConsider his last day; and let nonePresume on his good fortune until he findLife, at his death, a memory without pain.Sophocles
It is best to live anyhow, as one may; do not be afraid of marriage with your mother! Many have lain with their mothers in dreams too. It is he to whom such things are nothing who puts up with life best.Sophocles
When ice appears out of doors, and boys seize it up while it is solid, at first they experience new pleasures. But in the end their pride will not agree to let it go, but their acquisition is not good for them if it stays in their hands. In the same way an identical desire drives lovers to act and not to act.Sophocles
I am the child of Fortune, the giver of good, and I shall not be shamed. She is my mother; my sisters are the Seasons; my rising and my falling match with theirs. Born thus, I ask to be no other man than that I am.Sophocles
Numberless are the world's wonders, but noneMore wonderful than man.Sophocles
If I am Sophocles, I am not mad; and if I am mad, I am not Sophocles.Sophocles
Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad.Sophocles
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