I searched through many transcriptions of Antigone, and could find no place where she says anything remotely like "Don't kill the messenger". The message is there from the context of the play - a guard reports a crime and is accused of it and threatened with death - but no such words are uttered. The closest I could find were the guard saying, "So here I stand,-as unwelcome as unwilling, well I wot; for no man delights in the bearer of bad news."
- http://classics.mit.edu/Sophocles/antigone.html. There are other versions of the play, for which I have not included references.
Wikiquote no longer allows unsourced quotations, and they are in process of being removed from our pages (see Wikiquote:Limits on quotations); but if you can provide a reliable, precise and verifiable source for any quote on this list please move it to Sophocles. --Antiquary 17:55, 14 September 2009 (UTC)
- Nothing vast enters the life of mortals without a curse.
- It is hope that maintains most of mankind.
- Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.
- The truth is always the strongest argument.
- It is the brave man's part to live with glory, or with glory die. Sophocles. Ajax. lines 463-464.
These stories arnt big enough for their own page?
Man's last mad surge of youth
Dear all, in the film "Two sisters from Boston" (1946) a character says "In his autumn before the winter comes man's last mad surge of youth" and attributes the quote to Sophocles (see this section of the film from youtube ). I don't suppose anyone here could confirm this? It doesn't seem to be in the Theban plays and that's all I have. This section of the film is well know to fans of the band The Chameleons because it is sampled at the start of their song "Don't Fall". Thanks --18.104.22.168 17:27, 1 August 2011 (UTC)