Do you think you can say that twice and not pay for it?
I say that you are the murderer you are searching for.
Sister, your husband, Oedipus, claims the right to inflict dreadful punishments on me.
Exactly. Jocasta, I caught him in a treacherous plot against my life.
Listen to her, King Oedipus...I beg you.
In God's name, Oedipus, believe what he says.
O God! I think I have just called down on myself a dreadful curse--not knowing what I did.
[Laius] was a big man--his hair had just begun to turn white. And he had more or less the same build as you.
When a plotter moves against me in speed and secrecy, than I too must be quick to counterplot.
That is good advice, my lord, for anyone who wants to avoid mistakes. Quick decisions are not the safest.
Given time you will realize all this without fail: time alone reveals the just man--the unjust you can recognize in one short day.
Oh, [Creon] keeps his own lips clear of responsibility--he sent a prophet to speak for him.
Don't pay any attention to prophecies. If God seeks or needs anything, he will easily make it clear to us himself.
I am ready to do anything to help. I would be insensitive to pain, if I felt no pity for my people...
There is a blight on the crops of the land, on the ranging herds of cattle, on the stillborn labor of our women. The fever-god swoops down on us, hateful plague, he hounds the city and empties the houses of Thebes.