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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
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Sophocles. (c. 496 B.C.–406 B.C.) (continued)
 
8469
    A lie never lives to be old.
          Acrisius. Frag. 59.
8470
    Nobody loves life like an old man.
          Acrisius. Frag. 63.
8471
    A short saying oft contains much wisdom. 1
          Aletes. Frag. 99.
8472
    Do nothing secretly; for Time sees and hears all things, and discloses all.
          Hipponous. Frag. 280.
8473
    It is better not to live at all than to live disgraced.
          Peleus. Frag. 445.
8474
    War loves to seek its victims in the young.
          Scyrii. Frag. 507.
8475
    If it were possible to heal sorrow by weeping and to raise the dead with tears, gold were less prized than grief.
          Scyrii. Frag. 510.
8476
    Children are the anchors that hold a mother to life.
          Phædra. Frag. 619.
8477
    The truth is always the strongest argument.
          Phædra. Frag. 737.
8478
    The dice of Zeus fall ever luckily.
          Phædra. Frag. 809.
8479
    Fortune is not on the side of the faint-hearted.
          Phædra. Frag. 842.
8480
    No oath too binding for a lover.
          Phædra. Frag. 848.
8481
    Thoughts are mightier than strength of hand.
          Phædra. Frag. 854.
8482
    A wise player ought to accept his throws and score them, not bewail his luck.
          Phædra. Frag. 862.
8483
    If I am Sophocles, I am not mad; and if I am mad, I am not Sophocles.
          Vit. Anon. p. 64 (Plumptre’s Trans.).
 
Euripides. (480 or 485–406 B.C.)
 
8484
    Old men’s prayers for death are lying prayers, in which they abuse old age and long extent of life. But when death draws near, not one is willing to die, and age no longer is a burden to them.
          Alcestis. 669.
 
Note 1.
See Shakespeare, Hamlet, Quotation 78. [back]
 

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