Aristophanes Quotes

Aristophanes

Greek Athenian comic dramatist (450 BC - 388 BC)

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You have all the characteristics of a popular politician: a horrible voice, bad breeding, and a vulgar manner.

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This is what extremely grieves us, that a man who never fought
Should contrive our fees to pilfer, on who for his native land
Never to this day had oar, or lance, or blister in his hand.

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Let each man exercise the art he knows.

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Under every stone lurks a politician.

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Shall I crack any of those old jokes, master,
At which the audience never fail to laugh?

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High thoughts must have high language.

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Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever.

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A man may learn wisdom even from a foe.

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The wise learn many things from their enemies.

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Men of sense often learn from their enemies. It is from their foes, not their friends, that cities learn the lesson of building high walls and ships of war . . .

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By words the mind is winged.

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