Antigone Quotes with Page Number

Antigone Quotes with Page Number

“I spit on your happiness! I spit on your idea of life–that life that must go on, come what may. You are all like dogs that lick everything they smell. You with your promise of a humdrum happiness–provided a person doesn’t ask much of life. I want everything of life, I do; and I want it now! I want it total, complete: otherwise I reject it! I will not be moderate. I will not be satisfied with the bit of cake you offer me if I promise to be a good little girl. I want to be sure of everything this very day; sure that everything will be as beautiful as when I was a little girl. If not, I want to die!”

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“It bothered me that whatever was waiting wasn’t waiting for me”

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“A happy love is full of quarrels, you know.”

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“You disgust me, all of you, with your happiness! With your life that must be loved at all costs. I spit on your idea of life!  You are all like dogs that lick everything they smell! I do not want to understand. I am here for something other than understanding. I am here to tell you no, and to die. To tell you no and to die.”

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“The spring is wound up tight. It will uncoil of itself. That is what is so convenient in tragedy. The least little turn of the wrist will do the job . . . The rest is automatic. You don’t need to lift a finger. The machine is in perfect order; it has been oiled ever since time began, and it runs without friction . . . Tragedy is clean, it is restful, it is flawless . . . In a tragedy, nothing is in doubt and everyone’s destiny is known. That makes for tranquility . . . Tragedy is restful; and the reason is that hope, that foul, deceitful thing, has no part in it. There isn’t any hope. You’re trapped.”

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Sophocles, Antigone