Sophocles (c. 496-406/405 BCE)

“It isn’t good for men with a decent cause
to beg too long, or a man to receive help,
then fail to treat a fellow-victim kindly.”

  • From Sophocles’ play, Oedipus at Colonus (approximately line 1200), translated by Robert Fagles in Three Theban Plays: Antigone; Oedipus the King; Oedipus at Colonus (Penguin Classics, 1982, 1984, 2018).

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