On Freedom from Pain


Chorus of Theban Elders: ‘Therefore, while our eyes wait to see the destined final day, we must call no one happy who is of mortal race, until he hath crossed life’s border, free from pain.’

– Sophocles, Oedipus Rex


Taken from Oedipus the King, linesĀ 1529-1530; as published in The Tragedies of Sophocles (1917), translated by Richard Claverhouse Jebb.