Every man's own reason is his best Oedipus. SirThomas Browne ^5 Oedipus here means riddle-solver. Religio Medici (published1643),
pt.1, section 6.
But Oedipus he had the luck For when he hit the
ground He bounced up like
a jackinabox And knocked his
Daddy down. Ted (Edward James) Hughes 'Song for a Phallus'.
Space-ships and time machines are no escape from the human condition.
Let Othello subject Desdemona to a lie-detector test;
his jealousy will still blind him to the evidence. Let
Oedipus triumph over gravity; he won't triumph over his
fate. Arthur Koestler 'The Boredom of Fantasy', collected in The Trail of
the Dinosaur (1955),
Name me one character in literature or drama who can't be described as
neurotic We wouldn't want to know the people we get
to see on the stage. How would you like to have Medea
for dinner? Or Macbeth slurping your soup? Or
Oedipus with his bloody, blinded eyes dripping all over
your tablecloth? Geraldine Page Attributed.