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Wise Sophocles Quotes

May you find great value in these quotes by Sophocles.

What people believe prevails over the truth.
- Sophocles

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People that seem so glorious are all show;
underneath they are like everyone else.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

People only see what they are prepared to see.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Whenever you're in conflict with someone,
there is one factor that can make the difference
between damaging your relationship and deepening it.
That factor is attitude.
- William James


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To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

You can't stop the music, nobody can stop the music.
- Village People

Fear defeats more people than
any other one thing in the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

When dealing with people, remember you are
not dealing with creatures of logic,
but creatures of emotion.
- Dale Carnegie

Small is the number of people who
see with their eyes
and think with their minds.
- Albert Einstein

Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care
for people will hear them and be influenced
by them for good or ill.
- The Buddha

You can't base your life on other people's expectations.
- Stevie Wonder

You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture.
Just get people to stop reading them.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

People rarely succeed unless they
have fun in what they are doing.
- Dale Carnegie

Many people excuse their own faults
but judge other persons harshly.
We should reverse this attitude
by excusing others' shortcomings
and by harshly examining our own.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

A common denominator of all religions is that
they have the power to bring out the best and the worst in people.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are three classes of people:
those who see,
those who see when they are shown,
those who do not see.
- Leonardo da Vinci

I can't understand why people
are frightened by new ideas.
I'm frightened of old ones.
- John Cage

Knowing your own darkness is the best method
for dealing with the darknesses of other people.
- Carl Jung

If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed;
if in terms of ten years, plant trees;
if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.
- Confucius

People seem not to see that
their opinion of the world
is also a confession of character.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

People generally complain about only two things:
when they have less than yesterday,
and when they have less than their neighbor.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The wicked leader is he who the people despise.
The good leader is he who the people revere.
The great leader is he who the people say, "We did it ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard

What people often mean by getting rid of conflict
is getting rid of diversity,
and it is of the utmost importance
that these should not be considered the same.
- M. P. Follett

An instructed and intelligent people
are always more decent and orderly
than an ignorant and stupid one.
- Adam Smith

In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west;
people create distinctions out of their own minds
and then believe them to be true.
- The Buddha

"Go to the people and live among them
in order to know them and learn from them.
- Jimmy Yen

You can fool all the people some of the time,
and some of the people all the time,
but you cannot fool all the people all the time.
- Abraham Lincoln (sometimes attributed to P. T. Barnum)

Go to the people
Live among them
Learn from them
Love them
Serve them
Plan with them
Start with what they know
Build on what they have.
- Jimmy Yen (Y. C. James Yen)

People understand me so poorly that they don't even understand
my complaint about them not understanding me.
- Soren Kierkegaard

If a million people say a foolish thing,
it is still a foolish thing.
- Anatole France

People are not disturbed by things,
but by the view they take of them.
- Epictetus

Look at other people and ask yourself
if you are really seeing them or just your thoughts about them.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn

Many people allow their need
for other people's approval to control their lives.
They spend their lives worrying about what others think of them.
- Rick Warren

People should think things out fresh
and not just accept conventional terms
and the conventional way of doing things.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Too many people overvalue what they are not,
and undervalue what they are.
- Malcolm S. Forbes

Most people do not listen with the intent to understand;
they listen with the intent to reply.
- Stephen R. Covey

Simply put, you believe that things
or people make you unhappy,
but this is not accurate.
You make yourself unhappy.
- Wayne Dyer

To the people who love you,
you are beautiful already.
This is not because they're
blind to your shortcomings
but because they so clearly see your soul.
- Victoria Moran

Conventional people are roused to fury
by departure from convention,
largely because they regard such departure
as a criticism of themselves.
- Bertrand Russell

Don't live your life to please other people.
- Oprah Winfrey

The way to happiness is what I call Zero-Based Gratitude.
Each day be happy and grateful for what you have,
independent of yesterday and of other people.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What people say, what people do,
and what they say they do
are entirely different things.
- Margaret Mead

You cannot hate other people without hating yourself.
- Oprah Winfrey

Many people love in themselves what they hate in others.
- E. F. Schumacher

I distrust those people who know so well
what God wants them to do,
because I notice it always coincides
with their own desires.
- Susan B. Anthony

Mind what people do, not only what they say,
for deeds will betray a lie.
- Terry Goodkind

It is only in adventure that some people
succeed in knowing themselves -
in finding themselves.
- Andre Gide

Ordinary people seem not to realize
that those who really apply themselves
in the right way to philosophy
are directly and of their own accord
preparing themselves for dying and death.
- Socrates

People do not seem to realize that
their opinion of the world
is also a confession of character.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Worthless people live only to eat and drink;
people of worth eat and drink only to live.
- Socrates

Watch what people are cynical about,
and one can often discover what they lack.
- George S. Patton

When the best leader's work is done the people say,
"We did it ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

If you look for the bad in people
expecting to find it, you surely will.
- Abraham Lincoln

Things turn out best for the people
who make the best of the way things turn out.
- Art Linkletter

People in their handlings of affairs
often fail when they are about to succeed.
If one remains as careful at the end
as he was at the beginning,
there will be no failure.
- Lao Tzu

We work with the people not out of pity
but out of respect for their potential for growth and development,
both as individuals and as communities.
- Jimmy Yen

You can have anything you want in life if you
just help enough other people get what they want.
- Zig Ziglar

Most people give up just when
they're about to achieve success.
They quit on the one yard line.
They give up at the last minute of the game,
one foot from a winning touch down.
- Ross Perot

Some people come into our lives and quickly go.
Some people stay for awhile,
and move our souls to dance.
They awaken us to a new understanding,
leave footprints on our hearts,
and we are never, ever the same.
- Flavia Weedn

By not caring too much about what people think,
I'm able to think for myself
and propagate ideas which are very often unpopular.
And I succeed.
- Albert Ellis

Success seems to be connected with action.
Successful people keep moving.
They make mistakes, but they don't quit.
- Conrad Hilton

In matters of truth and justice,
there is no difference between large and small problems,
for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.
- Albert Einstein

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize
how close they were to success when they gave up.
- Thomas Edison

I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles;
but today it means getting along with people.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I look to a day when people will not be judged
by the color of their skin,
but by the content of their character.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

You can't move so fast that you try to change
the mores faster than people can accept it.
That doesn't mean you do nothing,
but it means that you do the things that
need to be done according to priority.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

It is a waste of time to be angry about my disability.
One has to get on with life and I haven't done badly.
People won't have time for you if you are always angry or complaining.
- Stephen Hawking

We should not let our response to
the people who disagree with us
be dictated by what they say about us
or even how they treat people we care for.
There has to be a chance that we can find love.
- William J. Clinton

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
- Mother Teresa

Instead of worrying about what people say of you,
why not spend time trying to accomplish
something they will admire.
- Dale Carnegie


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