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Antigone Quotes

41 of the best book quotes from Antigone
  1. #1
    “More hateful still the miscreant who seeks When caught, to make a virtue of a crime.”
  2. #2
    “A State for one man is no State at all.”
  3. #3
    “Say I am mad and give my madness rein To wreck itself; the worst that can befall Is but to die an honorable death.”
  4. #4
    “For death is gain to him whose life, like mine, Is full of misery.”
  5. #5
    “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.”
  6. #6
    “When misfortune comes, The wisest even lose their mother wit.”
  7. #7
    “I contemn the man who sets his friend Before his country.”
  8. #8
    “For ‘tis most sweet to ‘scape oneself scot-free, And yet to bring disaster to a friend Is grievous.”
  9. #9
    “Ill fares the husband mated with a shrew, And her embraces very soon wax cold.”
  10. #10
    “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.”
  1. #11
    “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.”
  2. #12
    “Alas! how sad when reasoners reason wrong.”
  3. #13
    “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.”
  4. #14
    “Strained silence, so I deem, Is no less ominous than excessive grief.”
  5. #15
    “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.”
  6. #16
    “No man shall say that I betrayed a brother.”
  7. #17
    “Go, consort With friends who like a madman for their mate.”
  8. #18
    “No man is mad enough to court his death.”
    author
    Sophocles
    book
    Antigone
    character
    The Chorus
    concepts
    madmendeath
  9. #19
    “To reverence kith and kin can bring no shame.”
  10. #20
    “Die then, and love the dead if thou must; No woman shall be the master while I live.”
    author
    Sophocles
    book
    Antigone
    character
    Creon
    concepts
    deathwomancurse

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  1. #21
    “For whoso thinks that wisdom dwells with him, That he alone can speak or think aright, Such oracles are empty breath when tried.”
  2. #22
    “I was born to join in love, not hate - that is my nature.”
    author
    Sophocles
    book
    Antigone
    character
    Antigone
    concepts
    lovehate
  3. #23
    “God moves swiftly to cancel the folly of stubborn men.”
    author
    Sophocles
    person
    God
    book
    Antigone
    character
    Creon
    concept
    stubbornness
  4. #24
    “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.”
  5. #25
    “It is the dead, not the living, who make the longest demands.”
    author
    Sophocles
    book
    Antigone
    character
    Antigone
  6. #26
    “A man, though wise, should never be ashamed of learning more, and must unbend his mind.”
    author
    Sophocles
    book
    Antigone
    character
    Haemon
    concept
    learning
  7. #27
    “When you go free, nothing makes you happier, and when you hurt someone you care about, nothing can hurt more.”
  8. #28
    “Tomorrow is tomorrow. Future cares have future cures, And we must mind today.”
    author
    Sophocles
    book
    Antigone
    concept
    time
  9. #29
    “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”
  10. #30
    “We have only a little time to please the living. But all eternity to love the dead.”
    author
    Sophocles
    book
    Antigone
    character
    Antigone
    concept
    death
  1. #31
    “Go then if you must, but remember, no matter how foolish your deeds, those who love you will love you still.”
    author
    Sophocles
    book
    Antigone
    character
    Ismene
    concept
    love
  2. #32
    “It is not right if I am wrong. But if I am young, and right, what does my age matter?”
    author
    Sophocles
    book
    Antigone
    characters
    HaemonCreon
  3. #33
    “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.”
    author
    Sophocles
    book
    Antigone
    characters
    AntigoneCreon
    concepts
    freedompower
  4. #34
    “A city which belongs to just one man is no true city.”
    author
    Sophocles
    book
    Antigone
    character
    Haemon
    concept
    freedom
  5. #35
    “There’s nothing in the world so demoralizing as money.”
    author
    Sophocles
    book
    Antigone
    character
    Creon
    concept
    money
  6. #36
    “Grief teaches the steadiest minds to waver.”
    author
    Sophocles
    book
    Antigone
    character
    Ismene
    concept
    grief
  7. #37
    “I have no love for a friend who loves in words alone.”
    author
    Sophocles
    book
    Antigone
    character
    Antigone
    concepts
    friendshiplove
  8. #38
    “Whenever a man supposes that he alone has intelligence or expression or feeling, he exposes himself and shows his emptiness.”
    author
    Sophocles
    book
    Antigone
    character
    Haemon
    concept
    intelligence
  9. #39
    ″...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.”
    author
    Sophocles
    book
    Antigone
    characters
    TeiresiasCreon
    concept
    pride
  10. #40
    “Oh, it is hard to give in! But it is worse to risk everything for stubborn pride.”
    author
    Sophocles
    book
    Antigone
    character
    Creon
    concept
    pride
  11. #41
    “Reason is God’s crowning gift to a man”
    author
    Sophocles
    book
    Antigone
    character
    Haemon
    concept
    reason

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