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Lines 1-340 Quotes

Here I am myself—
you all know me, the world knows my fame:
I am Oedipus.
(7-9; Fagles)
Location: Lines 1-340
Speaker: Oedipus
 
If ever, once in the past, you stopped some ruin
launched against our walls
you hurled the flame of pain
far, far from Thebes—you gods,
come now, come down once more!
(186-189; Fagles)
Location: Lines 1-340
Speaker: The Chorus
 
Thebes, city of death, one long cortege
and the suffering rises
wails for mercy rise
and the wild hymn for the Healer blazes out
clashing with our sobs our cries of mourning—
O golden daughter of god, send rescue
radiant as the kindness in your eyes!
(211-217; Fagles)
Location: Lines 1-340
Speaker: The Chorus
 
Now my curse on the murderer. Whoever he is,
a lone man unknown in his crime
or one among many, let that man drag out
his life in agony, step by painful step—
(280-283; Fagles)
Location: Lines 1-340
Speaker: Oedipus
 

Lines 341-708 Quotes

Just send me home. You bear your burdens,
I'll bear mine. It's better that way,
please believe me.
(364-366; Fagles)
Location: Lines 341-708
Speaker: Tiresias
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
 
Did you rise to the crisis? Not a word,
you and your birds, your gods—nothing.
No, but I came by, Oedipus the ignorant,
I stopped the Sphinx! With no help from the birds,
the flight of my own intelligence hit the mark.
(449-453; Fagles)
Location: Lines 341-708
Speaker: Oedipus
Mentioned or related: Tiresias
 
No man will ever
be rooted from the earth as brutally as you.
(488-489; Fagles)
Location: Lines 341-708
Speaker: Tiresias
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
 
Blind who now has eyes, beggar who now is rich,
he will grope his way toward a foreign soil,
a stick tapping before him step by step.
(517-519; Fagles)
Location: Lines 341-708
Speaker: Tiresias
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
 
But whether a mere man can know the truth,
whether a seer can fathom more than I—
there is no test, no certain proof
though matching skill for skill
a man can outstrip a rival. No, not till I see
these charges proved will I side with his accusers....
Never will I convict my king, never in my heart. (563-568, 572; Fagles)
Location: Lines 341-708
Speaker: The Chorus
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
 

Lines 709-997 Quotes

Look at you, sullen in yielding, brutal in your rage—
you will go too far. It's perfect justice:
natures like yours are hardest on themselves.
(746-748; Fagles)
Location: Lines 709-997
Speaker: Creon
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
 
You who set our beloved land—storm-tossed, shattered—
straight on course. Now again, good helmsman,
steer us through the storm!
(765-767; Fagles)
Location: Lines 709-997
Speaker: The Chorus
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
 
Listen to me and learn some peace of mind:
no skill in the world,
nothing human can penetrate the future.
(780-782; Fagles)
Location: Lines 709-997
Speaker: Jocasta
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
 
Great laws tower above us, reared on high
born for the brilliant vault of heaven—
Olympian Sky their only father,
nothing mortal, no man gave them birth,
their memory deathless, never lost in sleep:
within them lives a mighty god, the god does not
grow old.
(957-962; Fagles)
Location: Lines 709-997
Speaker: The Chorus
 

Lines 998-1310 Quotes

They are dying, the old oracles sent to Laius,
now our masters strike them off the rolls.
Nowhere Apollo's golden glory now—
the gods, the gods go down.
(994-997; Fagles)
Location: Lines 998-1310
Speaker: The Chorus
 
Man of agony—
that is the only name I have for you,
that, no other—ever, ever, ever!
(1176-1179; Fagles)
Location: Lines 998-1310
Speaker: Jocasta
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
 
If you are the man he says you are, believe me
you were born for pain.
(1304-1305; Fagles)
Location: Lines 998-1310
Speaker: A Shepherd
Mentioned or related: Oedipus, A Messenger
 

Lines 1311-1680 Quotes

"...is there a man more agonized?
More wed to pain and frenzy? Not a man on earth,
the joy of your life ground down to nothing
O Oedipus, name for the ages—"
(1331-1334; Fagles)
Location: Lines 1311-1680
Speaker: The Chorus
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
 
My destiny, my dark power, what a leap you made!(1448; Fagles)
Location: Lines 1311-1680
Speaker: Oedipus
 
Take me away, far, far from Thebes,
quickly, cast me away, my friends—
this great murderous ruin, this man cursed to heaven,
the man the deathless gods hate most of all!
(1477-1480; Fagles)
Location: Lines 1311-1680
Speaker: Oedipus
 
Now as we keep our watch and wait the final day,
count no man happy till he dies, free of pain at last.
(1683-1684; Fagles)
Location: Lines 1311-1680
Speaker: The Chorus
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
 

Oedipus Quotes

Here I am myself—
you all know me, the world knows my fame:
I am Oedipus.
(7-9; Fagles)
Location: Lines 1-340
Speaker: Oedipus
 
Now my curse on the murderer. Whoever he is,
a lone man unknown in his crime
or one among many, let that man drag out
his life in agony, step by painful step—
(280-283; Fagles)
Location: Lines 1-340
Speaker: Oedipus
 
Did you rise to the crisis? Not a word,
you and your birds, your gods—nothing.
No, but I came by, Oedipus the ignorant,
I stopped the Sphinx! With no help from the birds,
the flight of my own intelligence hit the mark.
(449-453; Fagles)
Location: Lines 341-708
Speaker: Oedipus
Mentioned or related: Tiresias
 
Just send me home. You bear your burdens,
I'll bear mine. It's better that way,
please believe me.
(364-366; Fagles)
Location: Lines 341-708
Speaker: Tiresias
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
 
But whether a mere man can know the truth,
whether a seer can fathom more than I—
there is no test, no certain proof
though matching skill for skill
a man can outstrip a rival. No, not till I see
these charges proved will I side with his accusers....
Never will I convict my king, never in my heart. (563-568, 572; Fagles)
Location: Lines 341-708
Speaker: The Chorus
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
 
Blind who now has eyes, beggar who now is rich,
he will grope his way toward a foreign soil,
a stick tapping before him step by step.
(517-519; Fagles)
Location: Lines 341-708
Speaker: Tiresias
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
 
No man will ever
be rooted from the earth as brutally as you.
(488-489; Fagles)
Location: Lines 341-708
Speaker: Tiresias
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
 
Look at you, sullen in yielding, brutal in your rage—
you will go too far. It's perfect justice:
natures like yours are hardest on themselves.
(746-748; Fagles)
Location: Lines 709-997
Speaker: Creon
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
 
Listen to me and learn some peace of mind:
no skill in the world,
nothing human can penetrate the future.
(780-782; Fagles)
Location: Lines 709-997
Speaker: Jocasta
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
 
You who set our beloved land—storm-tossed, shattered—
straight on course. Now again, good helmsman,
steer us through the storm!
(765-767; Fagles)
Location: Lines 709-997
Speaker: The Chorus
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
 
Man of agony—
that is the only name I have for you,
that, no other—ever, ever, ever!
(1176-1179; Fagles)
Location: Lines 998-1310
Speaker: Jocasta
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
 
If you are the man he says you are, believe me
you were born for pain.
(1304-1305; Fagles)
Location: Lines 998-1310
Speaker: A Shepherd
Mentioned or related: Oedipus, A Messenger
 
My destiny, my dark power, what a leap you made!(1448; Fagles)
Location: Lines 1311-1680
Speaker: Oedipus
 
"...is there a man more agonized?
More wed to pain and frenzy? Not a man on earth,
the joy of your life ground down to nothing
O Oedipus, name for the ages—"
(1331-1334; Fagles)
Location: Lines 1311-1680
Speaker: The Chorus
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
 
Take me away, far, far from Thebes,
quickly, cast me away, my friends—
this great murderous ruin, this man cursed to heaven,
the man the deathless gods hate most of all!
(1477-1480; Fagles)
Location: Lines 1311-1680
Speaker: Oedipus
 
Now as we keep our watch and wait the final day,
count no man happy till he dies, free of pain at last.
(1683-1684; Fagles)
Location: Lines 1311-1680
Speaker: The Chorus
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
 

Creon Quotes

Look at you, sullen in yielding, brutal in your rage—
you will go too far. It's perfect justice:
natures like yours are hardest on themselves.
(746-748; Fagles)
Location: Lines 709-997
Speaker: Creon
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
 

Tiresias Quotes

Just send me home. You bear your burdens,
I'll bear mine. It's better that way,
please believe me.
(364-366; Fagles)
Location: Lines 341-708
Speaker: Tiresias
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
 
Did you rise to the crisis? Not a word,
you and your birds, your gods—nothing.
No, but I came by, Oedipus the ignorant,
I stopped the Sphinx! With no help from the birds,
the flight of my own intelligence hit the mark.
(449-453; Fagles)
Location: Lines 341-708
Speaker: Oedipus
Mentioned or related: Tiresias
 
No man will ever
be rooted from the earth as brutally as you.
(488-489; Fagles)
Location: Lines 341-708
Speaker: Tiresias
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
 
Blind who now has eyes, beggar who now is rich,
he will grope his way toward a foreign soil,
a stick tapping before him step by step.
(517-519; Fagles)
Location: Lines 341-708
Speaker: Tiresias
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
 

Jocasta Quotes

Listen to me and learn some peace of mind:
no skill in the world,
nothing human can penetrate the future.
(780-782; Fagles)
Location: Lines 709-997
Speaker: Jocasta
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
 
Man of agony—
that is the only name I have for you,
that, no other—ever, ever, ever!
(1176-1179; Fagles)
Location: Lines 998-1310
Speaker: Jocasta
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
 

The Chorus Quotes

If ever, once in the past, you stopped some ruin
launched against our walls
you hurled the flame of pain
far, far from Thebes—you gods,
come now, come down once more!
(186-189; Fagles)
Location: Lines 1-340
Speaker: The Chorus
 
Thebes, city of death, one long cortege
and the suffering rises
wails for mercy rise
and the wild hymn for the Healer blazes out
clashing with our sobs our cries of mourning—
O golden daughter of god, send rescue
radiant as the kindness in your eyes!
(211-217; Fagles)
Location: Lines 1-340
Speaker: The Chorus
 
But whether a mere man can know the truth,
whether a seer can fathom more than I—
there is no test, no certain proof
though matching skill for skill
a man can outstrip a rival. No, not till I see
these charges proved will I side with his accusers....
Never will I convict my king, never in my heart. (563-568, 572; Fagles)
Location: Lines 341-708
Speaker: The Chorus
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
 
You who set our beloved land—storm-tossed, shattered—
straight on course. Now again, good helmsman,
steer us through the storm!
(765-767; Fagles)
Location: Lines 709-997
Speaker: The Chorus
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
 
Great laws tower above us, reared on high
born for the brilliant vault of heaven—
Olympian Sky their only father,
nothing mortal, no man gave them birth,
their memory deathless, never lost in sleep:
within them lives a mighty god, the god does not
grow old.
(957-962; Fagles)
Location: Lines 709-997
Speaker: The Chorus
 
They are dying, the old oracles sent to Laius,
now our masters strike them off the rolls.
Nowhere Apollo's golden glory now—
the gods, the gods go down.
(994-997; Fagles)
Location: Lines 998-1310
Speaker: The Chorus
 
"...is there a man more agonized?
More wed to pain and frenzy? Not a man on earth,
the joy of your life ground down to nothing
O Oedipus, name for the ages—"
(1331-1334; Fagles)
Location: Lines 1311-1680
Speaker: The Chorus
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
 
Now as we keep our watch and wait the final day,
count no man happy till he dies, free of pain at last.
(1683-1684; Fagles)
Location: Lines 1311-1680
Speaker: The Chorus
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
 

A Messenger Quotes

If you are the man he says you are, believe me
you were born for pain.
(1304-1305; Fagles)
Location: Lines 998-1310
Speaker: A Shepherd
Mentioned or related: Oedipus, A Messenger
 

A Shepherd Quotes

If you are the man he says you are, believe me
you were born for pain.
(1304-1305; Fagles)
Location: Lines 998-1310
Speaker: A Shepherd
Mentioned or related: Oedipus, A Messenger
 

Quotes for the "Fate vs. Free Will" Theme

Here I am myself—
you all know me, the world knows my fame:
I am Oedipus.
(7-9; Fagles)
Location: Lines 1-340
Speaker: Oedipus
•Other themes related to this quote: Sight vs. Blindness

If ever, once in the past, you stopped some ruin
launched against our walls
you hurled the flame of pain
far, far from Thebes—you gods,
come now, come down once more!
(186-189; Fagles)
Location: Lines 1-340
Speaker: The Chorus
•Other themes related to this quote: Guilt and Shame, Finding Out the Truth

Thebes, city of death, one long cortege
and the suffering rises
wails for mercy rise
and the wild hymn for the Healer blazes out
clashing with our sobs our cries of mourning—
O golden daughter of god, send rescue
radiant as the kindness in your eyes!
(211-217; Fagles)
Location: Lines 1-340
Speaker: The Chorus
•Other themes related to this quote: Guilt and Shame

Now my curse on the murderer. Whoever he is,
a lone man unknown in his crime
or one among many, let that man drag out
his life in agony, step by painful step—
(280-283; Fagles)
Location: Lines 1-340
Speaker: Oedipus
•Other themes related to this quote: Guilt and Shame, Sight vs. Blindness, Finding Out the Truth

Blind who now has eyes, beggar who now is rich,
he will grope his way toward a foreign soil,
a stick tapping before him step by step.
(517-519; Fagles)
Location: Lines 341-708
Speaker: Tiresias
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
•Other themes related to this quote: Guilt and Shame, Sight vs. Blindness

No man will ever
be rooted from the earth as brutally as you.
(488-489; Fagles)
Location: Lines 341-708
Speaker: Tiresias
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
•Other themes related to this quote: Guilt and Shame, Sight vs. Blindness

Did you rise to the crisis? Not a word,
you and your birds, your gods—nothing.
No, but I came by, Oedipus the ignorant,
I stopped the Sphinx! With no help from the birds,
the flight of my own intelligence hit the mark.
(449-453; Fagles)
Location: Lines 341-708
Speaker: Oedipus
Mentioned or related: Tiresias
•Other themes related to this quote: Sight vs. Blindness, Action vs. Reflection

Listen to me and learn some peace of mind:
no skill in the world,
nothing human can penetrate the future.
(780-782; Fagles)
Location: Lines 709-997
Speaker: Jocasta
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
•Other themes related to this quote: Sight vs. Blindness, Finding Out the Truth

Great laws tower above us, reared on high
born for the brilliant vault of heaven—
Olympian Sky their only father,
nothing mortal, no man gave them birth,
their memory deathless, never lost in sleep:
within them lives a mighty god, the god does not
grow old.
(957-962; Fagles)
Location: Lines 709-997
Speaker: The Chorus
•Other themes related to this quote: Sight vs. Blindness

They are dying, the old oracles sent to Laius,
now our masters strike them off the rolls.
Nowhere Apollo's golden glory now—
the gods, the gods go down.
(994-997; Fagles)
Location: Lines 998-1310
Speaker: The Chorus
•Other themes related to this quote: Sight vs. Blindness, Finding Out the Truth

Man of agony—
that is the only name I have for you,
that, no other—ever, ever, ever!
(1176-1179; Fagles)
Location: Lines 998-1310
Speaker: Jocasta
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
•Other themes related to this quote: Guilt and Shame, Finding Out the Truth

If you are the man he says you are, believe me
you were born for pain.
(1304-1305; Fagles)
Location: Lines 998-1310
Speaker: A Shepherd
Mentioned or related: Oedipus, A Messenger
•Other themes related to this quote: Guilt and Shame, Finding Out the Truth

"...is there a man more agonized?
More wed to pain and frenzy? Not a man on earth,
the joy of your life ground down to nothing
O Oedipus, name for the ages—"
(1331-1334; Fagles)
Location: Lines 1311-1680
Speaker: The Chorus
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
•Other themes related to this quote: Guilt and Shame, Finding Out the Truth

My destiny, my dark power, what a leap you made!(1448; Fagles)
Location: Lines 1311-1680
Speaker: Oedipus

Take me away, far, far from Thebes,
quickly, cast me away, my friends—
this great murderous ruin, this man cursed to heaven,
the man the deathless gods hate most of all!
(1477-1480; Fagles)
Location: Lines 1311-1680
Speaker: Oedipus
•Other themes related to this quote: Guilt and Shame, Finding Out the Truth, Action vs. Reflection

Now as we keep our watch and wait the final day,
count no man happy till he dies, free of pain at last.
(1683-1684; Fagles)
Location: Lines 1311-1680
Speaker: The Chorus
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
•Other themes related to this quote: Guilt and Shame, Sight vs. Blindness, Finding Out the Truth

Quotes for the "Guilt and Shame" Theme

If ever, once in the past, you stopped some ruin
launched against our walls
you hurled the flame of pain
far, far from Thebes—you gods,
come now, come down once more!
(186-189; Fagles)
Location: Lines 1-340
Speaker: The Chorus
•Other themes related to this quote: Fate vs. Free Will, Finding Out the Truth

Thebes, city of death, one long cortege
and the suffering rises
wails for mercy rise
and the wild hymn for the Healer blazes out
clashing with our sobs our cries of mourning—
O golden daughter of god, send rescue
radiant as the kindness in your eyes!
(211-217; Fagles)
Location: Lines 1-340
Speaker: The Chorus
•Other themes related to this quote: Fate vs. Free Will

Now my curse on the murderer. Whoever he is,
a lone man unknown in his crime
or one among many, let that man drag out
his life in agony, step by painful step—
(280-283; Fagles)
Location: Lines 1-340
Speaker: Oedipus
•Other themes related to this quote: Fate vs. Free Will, Sight vs. Blindness, Finding Out the Truth

But whether a mere man can know the truth,
whether a seer can fathom more than I—
there is no test, no certain proof
though matching skill for skill
a man can outstrip a rival. No, not till I see
these charges proved will I side with his accusers....
Never will I convict my king, never in my heart. (563-568, 572; Fagles)
Location: Lines 341-708
Speaker: The Chorus
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
•Other themes related to this quote: Sight vs. Blindness, Finding Out the Truth

Blind who now has eyes, beggar who now is rich,
he will grope his way toward a foreign soil,
a stick tapping before him step by step.
(517-519; Fagles)
Location: Lines 341-708
Speaker: Tiresias
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
•Other themes related to this quote: Fate vs. Free Will, Sight vs. Blindness

No man will ever
be rooted from the earth as brutally as you.
(488-489; Fagles)
Location: Lines 341-708
Speaker: Tiresias
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
•Other themes related to this quote: Fate vs. Free Will, Sight vs. Blindness

You who set our beloved land—storm-tossed, shattered—
straight on course. Now again, good helmsman,
steer us through the storm!
(765-767; Fagles)
Location: Lines 709-997
Speaker: The Chorus
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
•Other themes related to this quote: Sight vs. Blindness, Action vs. Reflection

Look at you, sullen in yielding, brutal in your rage—
you will go too far. It's perfect justice:
natures like yours are hardest on themselves.
(746-748; Fagles)
Location: Lines 709-997
Speaker: Creon
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
•Other themes related to this quote: Action vs. Reflection

Man of agony—
that is the only name I have for you,
that, no other—ever, ever, ever!
(1176-1179; Fagles)
Location: Lines 998-1310
Speaker: Jocasta
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
•Other themes related to this quote: Fate vs. Free Will, Finding Out the Truth

If you are the man he says you are, believe me
you were born for pain.
(1304-1305; Fagles)
Location: Lines 998-1310
Speaker: A Shepherd
Mentioned or related: Oedipus, A Messenger
•Other themes related to this quote: Fate vs. Free Will, Finding Out the Truth

"...is there a man more agonized?
More wed to pain and frenzy? Not a man on earth,
the joy of your life ground down to nothing
O Oedipus, name for the ages—"
(1331-1334; Fagles)
Location: Lines 1311-1680
Speaker: The Chorus
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
•Other themes related to this quote: Fate vs. Free Will, Finding Out the Truth

Take me away, far, far from Thebes,
quickly, cast me away, my friends—
this great murderous ruin, this man cursed to heaven,
the man the deathless gods hate most of all!
(1477-1480; Fagles)
Location: Lines 1311-1680
Speaker: Oedipus
•Other themes related to this quote: Fate vs. Free Will, Finding Out the Truth, Action vs. Reflection

Now as we keep our watch and wait the final day,
count no man happy till he dies, free of pain at last.
(1683-1684; Fagles)
Location: Lines 1311-1680
Speaker: The Chorus
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
•Other themes related to this quote: Fate vs. Free Will, Sight vs. Blindness, Finding Out the Truth

Quotes for the "Sight vs. Blindness" Theme

Here I am myself—
you all know me, the world knows my fame:
I am Oedipus.
(7-9; Fagles)
Location: Lines 1-340
Speaker: Oedipus
•Other themes related to this quote: Fate vs. Free Will

Now my curse on the murderer. Whoever he is,
a lone man unknown in his crime
or one among many, let that man drag out
his life in agony, step by painful step—
(280-283; Fagles)
Location: Lines 1-340
Speaker: Oedipus
•Other themes related to this quote: Fate vs. Free Will, Guilt and Shame, Finding Out the Truth

Did you rise to the crisis? Not a word,
you and your birds, your gods—nothing.
No, but I came by, Oedipus the ignorant,
I stopped the Sphinx! With no help from the birds,
the flight of my own intelligence hit the mark.
(449-453; Fagles)
Location: Lines 341-708
Speaker: Oedipus
Mentioned or related: Tiresias
•Other themes related to this quote: Fate vs. Free Will, Action vs. Reflection

Just send me home. You bear your burdens,
I'll bear mine. It's better that way,
please believe me.
(364-366; Fagles)
Location: Lines 341-708
Speaker: Tiresias
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
•Other themes related to this quote: Finding Out the Truth

No man will ever
be rooted from the earth as brutally as you.
(488-489; Fagles)
Location: Lines 341-708
Speaker: Tiresias
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
•Other themes related to this quote: Fate vs. Free Will, Guilt and Shame

Blind who now has eyes, beggar who now is rich,
he will grope his way toward a foreign soil,
a stick tapping before him step by step.
(517-519; Fagles)
Location: Lines 341-708
Speaker: Tiresias
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
•Other themes related to this quote: Fate vs. Free Will, Guilt and Shame

But whether a mere man can know the truth,
whether a seer can fathom more than I—
there is no test, no certain proof
though matching skill for skill
a man can outstrip a rival. No, not till I see
these charges proved will I side with his accusers....
Never will I convict my king, never in my heart. (563-568, 572; Fagles)
Location: Lines 341-708
Speaker: The Chorus
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
•Other themes related to this quote: Guilt and Shame, Finding Out the Truth

You who set our beloved land—storm-tossed, shattered—
straight on course. Now again, good helmsman,
steer us through the storm!
(765-767; Fagles)
Location: Lines 709-997
Speaker: The Chorus
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
•Other themes related to this quote: Guilt and Shame, Action vs. Reflection

Listen to me and learn some peace of mind:
no skill in the world,
nothing human can penetrate the future.
(780-782; Fagles)
Location: Lines 709-997
Speaker: Jocasta
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
•Other themes related to this quote: Fate vs. Free Will, Finding Out the Truth

Great laws tower above us, reared on high
born for the brilliant vault of heaven—
Olympian Sky their only father,
nothing mortal, no man gave them birth,
their memory deathless, never lost in sleep:
within them lives a mighty god, the god does not
grow old.
(957-962; Fagles)
Location: Lines 709-997
Speaker: The Chorus
•Other themes related to this quote: Fate vs. Free Will

They are dying, the old oracles sent to Laius,
now our masters strike them off the rolls.
Nowhere Apollo's golden glory now—
the gods, the gods go down.
(994-997; Fagles)
Location: Lines 998-1310
Speaker: The Chorus
•Other themes related to this quote: Fate vs. Free Will, Finding Out the Truth

Now as we keep our watch and wait the final day,
count no man happy till he dies, free of pain at last.
(1683-1684; Fagles)
Location: Lines 1311-1680
Speaker: The Chorus
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
•Other themes related to this quote: Fate vs. Free Will, Guilt and Shame, Finding Out the Truth

Quotes for the "Finding Out the Truth" Theme

If ever, once in the past, you stopped some ruin
launched against our walls
you hurled the flame of pain
far, far from Thebes—you gods,
come now, come down once more!
(186-189; Fagles)
Location: Lines 1-340
Speaker: The Chorus
•Other themes related to this quote: Fate vs. Free Will, Guilt and Shame

Now my curse on the murderer. Whoever he is,
a lone man unknown in his crime
or one among many, let that man drag out
his life in agony, step by painful step—
(280-283; Fagles)
Location: Lines 1-340
Speaker: Oedipus
•Other themes related to this quote: Fate vs. Free Will, Guilt and Shame, Sight vs. Blindness

Just send me home. You bear your burdens,
I'll bear mine. It's better that way,
please believe me.
(364-366; Fagles)
Location: Lines 341-708
Speaker: Tiresias
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
•Other themes related to this quote: Sight vs. Blindness

But whether a mere man can know the truth,
whether a seer can fathom more than I—
there is no test, no certain proof
though matching skill for skill
a man can outstrip a rival. No, not till I see
these charges proved will I side with his accusers....
Never will I convict my king, never in my heart. (563-568, 572; Fagles)
Location: Lines 341-708
Speaker: The Chorus
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
•Other themes related to this quote: Guilt and Shame, Sight vs. Blindness

Listen to me and learn some peace of mind:
no skill in the world,
nothing human can penetrate the future.
(780-782; Fagles)
Location: Lines 709-997
Speaker: Jocasta
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
•Other themes related to this quote: Fate vs. Free Will, Sight vs. Blindness

If you are the man he says you are, believe me
you were born for pain.
(1304-1305; Fagles)
Location: Lines 998-1310
Speaker: A Shepherd
Mentioned or related: Oedipus, A Messenger
•Other themes related to this quote: Fate vs. Free Will, Guilt and Shame

Man of agony—
that is the only name I have for you,
that, no other—ever, ever, ever!
(1176-1179; Fagles)
Location: Lines 998-1310
Speaker: Jocasta
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
•Other themes related to this quote: Fate vs. Free Will, Guilt and Shame

They are dying, the old oracles sent to Laius,
now our masters strike them off the rolls.
Nowhere Apollo's golden glory now—
the gods, the gods go down.
(994-997; Fagles)
Location: Lines 998-1310
Speaker: The Chorus
•Other themes related to this quote: Fate vs. Free Will, Sight vs. Blindness

"...is there a man more agonized?
More wed to pain and frenzy? Not a man on earth,
the joy of your life ground down to nothing
O Oedipus, name for the ages—"
(1331-1334; Fagles)
Location: Lines 1311-1680
Speaker: The Chorus
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
•Other themes related to this quote: Fate vs. Free Will, Guilt and Shame

Take me away, far, far from Thebes,
quickly, cast me away, my friends—
this great murderous ruin, this man cursed to heaven,
the man the deathless gods hate most of all!
(1477-1480; Fagles)
Location: Lines 1311-1680
Speaker: Oedipus
•Other themes related to this quote: Fate vs. Free Will, Guilt and Shame, Action vs. Reflection

Now as we keep our watch and wait the final day,
count no man happy till he dies, free of pain at last.
(1683-1684; Fagles)
Location: Lines 1311-1680
Speaker: The Chorus
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
•Other themes related to this quote: Fate vs. Free Will, Guilt and Shame, Sight vs. Blindness

Quotes for the "Action vs. Reflection" Theme

Did you rise to the crisis? Not a word,
you and your birds, your gods—nothing.
No, but I came by, Oedipus the ignorant,
I stopped the Sphinx! With no help from the birds,
the flight of my own intelligence hit the mark.
(449-453; Fagles)
Location: Lines 341-708
Speaker: Oedipus
Mentioned or related: Tiresias
•Other themes related to this quote: Fate vs. Free Will, Sight vs. Blindness

Look at you, sullen in yielding, brutal in your rage—
you will go too far. It's perfect justice:
natures like yours are hardest on themselves.
(746-748; Fagles)
Location: Lines 709-997
Speaker: Creon
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
•Other themes related to this quote: Guilt and Shame

You who set our beloved land—storm-tossed, shattered—
straight on course. Now again, good helmsman,
steer us through the storm!
(765-767; Fagles)
Location: Lines 709-997
Speaker: The Chorus
Mentioned or related: Oedipus
•Other themes related to this quote: Guilt and Shame, Sight vs. Blindness

Take me away, far, far from Thebes,
quickly, cast me away, my friends—
this great murderous ruin, this man cursed to heaven,
the man the deathless gods hate most of all!
(1477-1480; Fagles)
Location: Lines 1311-1680
Speaker: Oedipus
•Other themes related to this quote: Fate vs. Free Will, Guilt and Shame, Finding Out the Truth


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