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Oedipus the King Quotes

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