Oedipus the King Quotes

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Major quotes from the play "Oedipus the King" by Sophocles.

I'll do anything. I would be blind to misery not to pity the people kneeling at my feet.

Oedipus

find us strength, rescue!

Priest

Drive the corruption from the land, don't harbor it any longer.

Creon

Pay the killers back, whoever is responsible.

Creon

God help us, we will see our triumph or our fall.

Oedipus

If any one of you know who murdered Laius....

Oedipus

I curse myself as well...if by any chance he proves to be an intimate of our house....

Oedipus

So I will fight for him as if he were my father, stop at nothing, search the world to lay my hands on the man who shed his blood.

Oedipus

How terrible, to see the truth when the truth is only pain to him who sees.

Tiresias

Just send me home.

Tiresias

What will come will come. Even if I shroud it all in silence.

Tiresias

You are the curse, the corruption of the land!"

Tiresias

The truth with all its power lives inside me.

Tiresias

Creon is not your downfall, no, you are your own.

Tiresias

I say you are the murderer you hunt.

Tiresias

You cannot imagine, I tell you, you and your loved ones live together in infamy, you cannot see how far you've gone in quiet.

Tiresias

Never will I convict my king, never in my heart.

Chorus

This day will bring your birth and your destruction.

Tiresias

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.:

Tiresias

Those who jump to conclusions may go wrong.

Leader

The man's your friend, your kin, he's under oath.

Chorus

You are fated to couple with your mother, you will bring a breed of children into the light no man can bear to see...

Apollo

I paid him back with interest.

Oedipus

So much for prophecy. It's neither here nor there. From this day on, I wouldn't look right or left.

Jocasta

Pride breeds the tyrant.

Chorus

It's all chance, chance rules our lives.

Jocasta

Live, Oedipus, as if there's no tomorrow.

Jocasta

What? You took me from someone else?

Oedipus

Aiiieeeeee!!!!

Jocasta

If you are the man he says you are, believe me, you were born for pain.

Shepherd

The pains we inflict upon ourselves hurt most of all.

Messenger

Blind to the ones you longed to see....

Messenger

Nothing I could see could bring me joy.

Oedipus

What a handsome prince you raised......

Oedipus

Now as we keep our watch and wait the final day, count no moon happy till he dies, free of pain at last.

Chorus

Polybus was nothing to you, that's why, not in blood.

Messenger

I stumbled on you, down the woody flanks of Mount Cithaeron.

Messenger

Your ankles were pinned together; I set you free.

Messenger

Artemis, heart of the marketplace enthroned in glory, guardian or our earth, we pray to you.

Chorus

Why rake that up again? Damn you- shut your mouth- quiet!

Oedipus

And this time, I assume, even you will obey the gods' decrees.

Tiresias

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