Antigone Quotes

Antigone Quotes

“All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride.”
 Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“Go then if you must, but remember, no matter how foolish your deeds, those who love you will love you still.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“A man, though wise, should never be ashamed of learning more, and must unbend his mind.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (Translations from Greek Drama)

“There’s nothing in the world so demoralizing as money.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (Translations from Greek Drama)

“I was born to join in love, not hate – that is my nature.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“Tomorrow is tomorrow.
Future cares have future cures,
And we must mind today.”
— Sophocles, Antigone

Antigone Quotes

Antigone Quotes

“Grief teaches the steadiest minds to waver.”
 Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“We have only a little time to please the living. But all eternity to love the dead.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“When I have tried and failed, I shall have failed.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“No one loves the messenger who brings bad news.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“Leave me to my own absurdity.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“A city which belongs to just one man is no true city”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“There is no greater evil than men’s failure to consult and to consider.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“I have been a stranger here in my own land: All my life”
 Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“It is not right if I am wrong. But if I am young, and right, what does my age matter?”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“Do not fear for me. Make straight your own path to destiny.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“Do not believe that you alone can be right.
The man who thinks that,
The man who maintains that only he has the power
To reason correctly, the gift to speak, the soul—
A man like that, when you know him, turns out empty.”
 Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“Numberless are the world’s wonders, but none more wonderful than man”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“All men make mistakes.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“I have nothing but contempt for the kind of governor who is afraid, for whatever reason, to follow the course that he knows is best for the State.”
 Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

Antigone Quotes

Antigone Quotes

“I have no love for a friend who loves in words alone.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“There is no happiness where there is no wisdom…”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“Of all vile things current on earth, none is so vile as money.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness; and reverence towards the Gods must be inviolate. Great words of prideful men are ever punished with great blows, and, in old age, teach the chastened to be wise.”
 Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“Oh it’s terrible when the one who does the judging judges things all wrong.”
 Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“Take these things to heart, my son, I warn you.
All men make mistakes, it is only human.
But once the wrong is done, a man
can turn his back on folly, misfortune too,
if he tries to make amends, however low he’s fallen,
and stops his bullnecked ways. Stubbornness
brands you for stupidity – pride is a crime.”
 Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“Reason is God’s crowning gift to a man…”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“It is my nature to join in love, not hate.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“How dreadful it is when the right judge judges wrong!”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“Sister – if all this is true, what could I do or undo?”
— Sophocles (Antigone)

“Another husband could be found and with That husband another son. But I have no mother now. I have no father. I cannot bring another brother to the world.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“Cling not to one mood,
And deemed not thou art right, all others wrong.
For whoso thinks that wisdom dwells with him,
That he alone can speak or think alright,
Such oracles are empty breath when tried.
The wisest man will let himself be swayed
By other’s wisdom and relax in time.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“Tell me the news, again, whatever it is… sorrow and I are hardly strangers. I can bear the worst.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“Only a fool could be in love with death.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“What do I care for life when you are dead?”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“Sentry: King, may I speak?
Creon: Your very voice distresses me.
Sentry: Are you sure that it is my voice, and not your conscience?
Creon: By God, he wants to analyze me now!
Sentry: It is not what I say, but what has been done, that hurts you.
Creon: You talk too much.”
 Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“And if my present actions strike you as foolish, let’s just say I’ve been accused of folly by a fool.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“Goodbye to the sun that shines for me no longer;”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“Your edict, King, was strong,
But all your strength is weakness itself against
The immortal unrecorded laws of God.
They are not merely now: they were, and shall be,
Operative for ever, beyond man utterly.

I knew I must die, even without your decree:
I am only mortal. And if I must die
Now, before it is my time to die,
Surely this is no hardship: can anyone
Living, as I live, with evil all about me,
Think Death less than a friend?”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“The dead alone feel no pain.”
— Sophocles (The Oedipus Cycle: Oedipus Rex/Oedipus at Colonus/Antigone (The Theban Plays ))

“One soul is enough, I know, to pay the debt for thousands, if one will go to the gods in all good faith.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“There let her pray to the one god she worships: Death–who knows?–may just reprieve her from death. Or she may learn a last, better late than never, what a waste of breath it is to worship Death.”
 Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“I know not, but strained silence, so I deem,
IS no less ominous than excessive grief.”
 Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“I will suffer nothing as great as death without glory.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“Reason is God’s crowning gift to man, and you are right
To warn me against losing mine. I cannot say—
I hope that I shall never want to say!— that you
Have reasoned badly. Yet there are other men
Who can reason, too; and their opinions might be helpful.
You are not in a position to know everything
That people say or do, or what they feel:
Your temper terrifies them—everyone
Will tell you only what you like to hear.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“My nails are broken, my fingers are bleeding, my arms are covered with the welts left by the paws of your guards—but I am a queen!”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“A friend in word is never friend of mine.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“You chose to live, I chose to die.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“Show me a man who longs to live a day beyond his time who turns his back on a decent length of life, I’ll show the world a man who clings to folly.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“The stubbornest of wills
Are soonest bended, as the hardest iron,
O’er-heated in the fire to brittleness,
Flies soonest into fragments, shivered through.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“To err is common
To all men, but the man who having erred
Hugs not his errors, but repents and seeks
The cure, is not a wastrel nor unwise.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“Unnatural silence signifies no good.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“Come, Fate, a friend at need,
Come with all speed!
Come, my best friend,
And speed my end!
Away, away!
Let me not look upon another day!”
— Sophocles (Antigone (The Theban Plays )

“I don’t even exist—I’m no one. Nothing.”
 Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“He came to know the god intimately and the strange mad flower of his mind dripped in the dark”
— Sophocles (Antigone)

“…Time, sweeping through its rounds, gives birth to infinite nights and days…”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“Even in these straits our life is not as pitiful as you’d think, so long as we find joy in every hour.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“It’s not through words but actions that I want to set the luster on my life.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“I pleasure those whom I would liefest please.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“So here I am, against my will and yours too, well I know– no one wants the man who brings bad news.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“The blind man cannot move without a guide”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“ISMENE: How can I live alone, without her?
CREON: Her? Don’t even mention her– she no longer exists.
ISMENE: What? You’d kill your own son’s bride?
CREON: Absolutely: there are other fields for him to plow.”
 Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“No yield to the dead! Never stab the fighter when he’s down. Where’s the glory, killing the dead twice over?”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“I was born to join in love, not hate–that is my nature”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“You’re in love with impossibility”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“It is not in words that I should wish my life to be distinguished, but rather in things done.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“What a splendid king you’d make of a desert island – you and you alone.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“Mad are thy subjects all, and even the wisest heart
Straight to folly will fall, at a touch of thy poisoned dart.”
 Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“To yield is grievous, but the obstinate soul
That fights with Fate, is smitten grievously.”
 Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“Good advice, if there’s any good in suffering. Quickest is best when trouble blocks the way.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“Every way
Leads but astray,”
 Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“Chastisement for errors past
Wisdom brings to age at last.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“Haemon: No city is property of a single man.
Creon: But custom gives possession to the ruler.
Haemon: You’d rule a desert beautifully alone.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“I didn’t say yes. I can say no to anything I say vile, and I don’t have to count the cost. But because you said yes, all that you can do, for all your crown and your trappings, and your guards—all that your can do is to have me killed.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“Ah me! think, sister, how our father perished, amid hate and scorn, when sins bared by his own search had moved him to strike both eyes with self-blinding hand; then the mother wife, two names in one, with twisted noose did despite unto her life; and last, our two brothers in one day,-each shedding, hapless one, a kinsman’s blood,-wrought out with mutual hands their common doom. And now we in turn-we two left all alone think how we shall perish, more miserably than all the rest, if, in defiance of the law, we brave a king’s decree or his powers. Nay, we must remember, first, that we were born women, as who should not strive with men; next, that we are ruled of the stronger, so that we must obey in these things, and in things yet sorer. I, therefore, asking the Spirits Infernal to pardon, seeing that force is put on me herein, will hearken to our rulers. for ’tis witless to be over busy.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“Commit cruelty on a person long enough and the mind begins to go.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“It’s little I ask, and get still less, but quite enough for me.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“You’ll never find a man on Earth, if a god leads him on, who can escape his fate.”
 Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“No man, my lord, should make a vow, for if
He ever swears he will not do a thing.”
 Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“For death is gain to him whose life, like mine, is full of misery”
 Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“ANTIGONE Yea, for these laws were not ordained of Zeus, And she who sits enthroned with gods below, Justice, enacted not these human laws. Nor did I deem that thou, a mortal man, Could’st by a breath annul and override The immutable unwritten laws of Heaven. They were not born today nor yesterday; They die not; and none knoweth whence they sprang. I was not like, who feared no mortal’s frown, To disobey these laws and so provoke The wrath of Heaven.  I knew that I must die, E’en hadst thou not proclaimed it; and if death Is thereby hastened, I shall count it gain. For death is gain to him whose life, like mine, Is full of misery.  Thus my lot appears Not sad, but blissful; for had I endured To leave my mother’s son unburied there, I should have grieved with reason, but not now. And if in this thou judgest me a fool, Methinks the judge of folly’s not acquit.”
— Sophocles (The Complete Works of Sophocles: Illustrated (Delphi Ancient Classics))

“The working of the mind discover oft
Dark deeds in darkness schemed, before the act.
More hateful still the miscreant who seeks
When caught, to make a virtue of a crime.”
 Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“When misfortune comes,
The wisest even lose their mother wit”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“For e’en the bravest spirits run away
When they perceive death pressing on life’s heels.”
— Sophocles (Antigone (The Theban Plays )

“Know’st not whate’er we do is done in love?”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“Love resistless in fight, all yield at a glance of thine eye,
Love who pillowed all night on a maiden’s cheek dost lie,
Over the upland holds. Shall mortals not yield to thee?”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“For if any man thinks that he is alone is wise–that in speech, or in mind, he hath no peer–such a soul, when laid open, is ever found empty.”
— Sophocles (Antigone (The Theban Plays ))

“Love, you mock us for your sport.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

Antigone Quotes

Antigone Quotes

“A State for one man is no State at all.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“True, as unwisdom is the worst of ills”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“To me, excessive silence seems to bode as ill as too much shouting.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“May the dead forgive me, I can do no other
But as I am commanded; to do more is madness.” – Ismene”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“That will come when it comes;
we must deal with all that lies before us.
The future rests with the ones who tend the future.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“Of happiness the chiefest part
IS a wise heart”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“But if I am young, thou shouldest look to my merits, not to my years.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“Thou wouldst make a good monarch of a desert”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“It is the dead, not the living, who make the longest demands.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“Creon: See that you never side with those who break my orders.
Leader: Never. Only a fool could be in love with death.
Creon: Death is the price – you’re right. But all too often the mere hope of money has ruined many men.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“The penalty is death: yet hope of gain Hath lured men to their ruin oftentimes.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“Alas! How sad when reasoners reason wrong.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“What woe is lacking to my tale of woes?”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“The dead clay makes no protest.”
— Sophocles, Antigone (The Theban Plays)

“Both noun (eusebia) and verb (sebizo) derive from the Greek root seb-, which refers to the awe that radiates from gods to humans and is given back as worship. Everything related to this root has fear in it.”
 Sophocles, Antigone