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date: 29 November 2022

Sophocles c.496–406 bc
Greek dramatist 

  1. There's nothing in the world so demoralizing as money.
    Antigone l. 295
  2. There are many wonderful things, and nothing is more wonderful than man.
    Antigone l. 333
  3. Not to be born is, past all prizing, best.
    Oedipus Coloneus l. 1225 (tr. R. C. Jebb); see Auden, Yeats
  4. Someone asked Sophocles, ‘How is your sex-life now? Are you still able to have a woman?’ He replied, ‘Hush, man; most gladly indeed am I rid of it all, as though I had escaped from a mad and savage master.’
    Plato Republic bk. 1, 329b