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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:8467
AUTHOR:Sophocles (c. 496 B.C.–406 B.C.)
QUOTATION:There is an ancient saying, famous among men, that thou shouldst not judge fully of a man’s life before he dieth, whether it should be called blest or wretched. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Trachiniæ, 1.
 
Note 1.
The saying “Call no man happy before he dies” was ascribed to Solon Herodotus, i. 32. [back]
 

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