Sophocles 496 – 406BC was an Ancient Greek tragedian (writer of tragedy drama). 
For almost fifty years Sophocles was the most celebrated playwright in dramatic competitions held in the city-state of Athens during the religious festivals of the Lenaea and the Dionysia in honour of the god Dionysus. 
‘Rather fail with honour, than succeed by fraud’ 
‘What you cannot enforce, do not command’ 
‘Success is dependent on effort’ 
‘He who throws away a friend is as bad as he who throws away his life’ 
‘Much speech is one thing; well-timed speech is another’ 
A lie never lives to be old’ 
‘Without labour, nothing prospers’ 
‘Time eases all things’ 
‘No man loves life like him that’s growing old’ 
‘Grief teaches the steadiest minds to waver’ 
‘Trust dies but mistrust blossoms’ 
‘War never takes a wicked man by chance, the good man always’ 
‘The greatest griefs are those we cause ourselves’ 
‘Children are the anchors that hold a mother to life’ 
‘Truth is always the strongest argument’ 
‘All concerns of men go wrong when they wish to cure evil with evil’ 
‘Man’s worst ill is stubbornness of heart’ 
‘There is no greater evil than anarchy’ 
‘The soul that has conceived one wickedness can nurse no good thereafter’ 
‘Nobody likes the man who brings bad news’ 
‘Do nothing secretly; for Time sees and hears all things, and discloses all’ 
‘There’s nothing in the world so demoralizing as money’ 
‘If we always helped one another no one would need luck’ 
‘How dreadful knowledge of the truth can be, when there’s no help in truth’ 
‘The end excuses any evil’ 
‘Ignorant men don’t know what good they hold in their hands until they’ve flung it away’ 
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