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OEDIPUS REX

by: 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.

No skill in the world, nothing human can penetrate the future.

How dreadful knowledge of the truth can be
When there's no help in truth!

A mind at peace does not engender wars.

The tyrant is a child of Pride
Who drinks from his sickening cup
Recklessness and vanity,
Until from his high crest headlong
He plummets to the dust of hope.

The greatest griefs are those we cause ourselves.

Fear? What should a man fear? It’s all chance, chance rules our lives. Not a man on earth can see a day ahead, groping through the dark. Better to live at random, best we can.

[It is] not right to think good men, without a reason, bad or bad men good.

Time eases all things.

Let every man in mankind's frailty
Consider his last day; and let none
Presume on his good fortune until he find
Life, at his death, a memory without pain.

What good were eyes to me? Nothing I could see could bring me joy.

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