Sophocles (c. 496-406/405 BCE)

“Of course you cannot know a man completely,
his character, his principles, sense of judgment,
not till he’s shown his colors, ruling the people,
making laws. Experience, there’s the test.”

  • From Sophocles’ Antigone, approximately between lines 170-180, translated by Robert Fagles (Penguin Classics, 1982, 1984, 2018).

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