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The arrogant pay for their big proud words with great downfalls and it’s only then, in their old age, that they gain wisdom!

In the textbook I have:

Choragos: There is no happiness where there is no wisdom.

No wisdom but in submission to the gods.

Big words are always punished,

and proud men in old age learn to be wise.

and in the translation I use in class:

The most important part of true success
is wisdom—not to act impiously
towards the gods, for boasts of arrogant men
bring on great blows of punishment—
so in old age men can discover wisdom.

Sophocles, from Antigone   (via the-final-sentence)

In the textbook I have:

Choragos: There is no happiness where there is no wisdom.

No wisdom but in submission to the gods.

Big words are always punished,

and proud men in old age learn to be wise.

and in the translation I use in class:

  The most important part of true success
  is wisdom—not to act impiously
  towards the gods, for boasts of arrogant men                                       
  bring on great blows of punishment—
  so in old age men can discover wisdom.

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