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Antigone Quotes

41 of the best book quotes from Antigone
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“More hateful still the miscreant who seeks When caught, to make a virtue of a crime.”
Sophocles
author
Antigone
book
Creon
character
crime
criminals
hate
justification
concepts
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“A State for one man is no State at all.”
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“Say I am mad and give my madness rein To wreck itself; the worst that can befall Is but to die an honorable death.”
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“For death is gain to him whose life, like mine, Is full of misery.”
Sophocles
author
Antigone
character
death
misery
gains
concepts
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“No youths have sung the marriage song for me, My bridal bed No maids have strewn with flowers from the lea, ‘Tis Death I wed.”
Sophocles
author
Antigone
character
death
marriage
flowers
concepts
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“When misfortune comes, The wisest even lose their mother wit.”
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“I contemn the man who sets his friend Before his country.”
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“For ‘tis most sweet to ‘scape oneself scot-free, And yet to bring disaster to a friend Is grievous.”
Sophocles
author
Guard
character
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“Ill fares the husband mated with a shrew, And her embraces very soon wax cold.”
Sophocles
author
Creon
character
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“Of evils current upon earth The worst is money. Money ‘tis that sacks Cities, and drives men forth from hearth and home; Warps and seduces native innocence, And breeds a habit of dishonesty.”
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“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
author
Teiresias
character
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“Alas! how sad when reasoners reason wrong.”
Sophocles
author
Guard
character
wrong
tragedy
reasoning
concepts
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“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.”
Sophocles
author
Antigone
character
justice
gods
laws
man
concepts
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“Strained silence, so I deem, Is no less ominous than excessive grief.”
Sophocles
author
The Chorus
character
grief
emotions
silence
concepts
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“What evils are not wrought by Anarchy! She ruins States, and overthrows the home, She dissipates and routs the embattled host; While discipline preserves the ordered ranks.”
Sophocles
author
Creon
character
discipline
ruin
anarchy
concepts
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“No man shall say that I betrayed a brother.”
Sophocles
author
Antigone
character
betrayal
honor
brothers
concepts
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“Go, consort With friends who like a madman for their mate.”
Sophocles
author
Haemon
character
insults
friends
madmen
concepts
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“No man is mad enough to court his death.”
Sophocles
author
The Chorus
character
death
men
mad
concepts
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“To reverence kith and kin can bring no shame.”
Sophocles
author
Antigone
character
family
shame
reverence
concepts
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“Die then, and love the dead if thou must; No woman shall be the master while I live.”
Sophocles
author
Creon
character
death
curse
woman
concepts
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“For whoso thinks that wisdom dwells with him, That he alone can speak or think aright, Such oracles are empty breath when tried.”
Sophocles
author
Haemon
character
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“I was born to join in love, not hate - that is my nature.”
Sophocles
author
Antigone
character
love
hate
concepts
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“God moves swiftly to cancel the folly of stubborn men.”
Sophocles
author
God
person
Creon
character
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“There is no happiness where there is no wisdom; no wisdom but in submission to the gods. Big words are always punished, and proud men in old age learn to be wise.”
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“It is the dead, not the living, who make the longest demands.”
Sophocles
author
Antigone
character
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“A man, though wise, should never be ashamed of learning more, and must unbend his mind.”
Sophocles
author
Haemon
character
learning
concept
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“When you go free, nothing makes you happier, and when you hurt someone you care about, nothing can hurt more.”
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“Tomorrow is tomorrow. Future cares have future cures, And we must mind today.”
Sophocles
author
time
concept
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“And even if I die in the act, that death will be a glory. I will lie with the one I love and loved by him”
Sophocles
author
Antigone
character
death
loyalty
glory
concepts
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“We have only a little time to please the living. But all eternity to love the dead.”
Sophocles
author
Antigone
character
death
concept
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“Go then if you must, but remember, no matter how foolish your deeds, those who love you will love you still.”
Sophocles
author
Ismene
character
love
concept
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“It is not right if I am wrong. But if I am young, and right, what does my age matter?”
Sophocles
author
Creon
Haemon
characters
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“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
author
Antigone
Creon
characters
power
freedom
concepts
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“A city which belongs to just one man is no true city.”
Sophocles
author
Haemon
character
freedom
concept
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“There’s nothing in the world so demoralizing as money.”
Sophocles
author
Creon
character
money
concept
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“Grief teaches the steadiest minds to waver.”
Sophocles
author
Ismene
character
grief
concept
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“I have no love for a friend who loves in words alone.”
Sophocles
author
Antigone
character
love
friendship
concepts
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“Whenever a man supposes that he alone has intelligence or expression or feeling, he exposes himself and shows his emptiness.”
Sophocles
author
Haemon
character
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″...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
author
Creon
Teiresias
characters
pride
concept
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“Oh, it is hard to give in! But it is worse to risk everything for stubborn pride.”
Sophocles
author
Creon
character
pride
concept
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“Reason is God’s crowning gift to a man”
Sophocles
author
Haemon
character
reason
concept

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