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.
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.
Shall I crack any of those old jokes, master,
At which the audience never fail to laugh?
Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever.
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 . . .