Oedipus Quotes in Oedipus Rex
you all know me, the world knows my fame:
I am Oedipus.
a lone man unknown in his crime
or one among many, let that man drag out
his life in agony, step by painful step—
I'll bear mine. It's better that way,
please believe me.
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.
be rooted from the earth as brutally as you.
he will grope his way toward a foreign soil,
a stick tapping before him step by step.
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.
you will go too far. It's perfect justice:
natures like yours are hardest on themselves.
straight on course. Now again, good helmsman,
steer us through the storm!
no skill in the world,
nothing human can penetrate the future.
that is the only name I have for you,
that, no other—ever, ever, ever!
you were born for pain.
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—"
quickly, cast me away, my friends—
this great murderous ruin, this man cursed to heaven,
the man the deathless gods hate most of all!
count no man happy till he dies, free of pain at last.