Greek dramatist Sophocles.


(c. 496 BC - 406 BC)

Known for his good looks, grace, and musical skill, Sophocles as a teenager led the choral chant to celebrate the Greek victory against the Persians at the Battle of Salamis in 480 bc. Over the course of his career as a playwright, he received at least eighteen first prizes at the dramatic festivals, beginning in 468 bc with his debut play, Triptolemus. His tragedies include Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone, and Electra.

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I have been a stranger here in my own land all my life.

—Sophocles, c. 441 BC

You must not grow used to making money out of everything. One sees more people ruined than one has seen preserved by shameful gains.

—Sophocles, c. 442 BC

Each night’s new terror drives away the terror of the night before.

—Sophocles, c. 450 BC

Today’s friend may be tomorrow’s foe.

—Sophocles, 440 BC

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