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Aristophanes Quotes


A prolific and much acclaimed comic playwright of ancient Athens.
(ca. 446 - ca. 386 BC)

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A man may learn wisdom even from a foe.
 

A man's homeland is wherever he prospers.
 

Characteristics of a popular politician: a horrible voice, bad breeding, and a vulgar manner.
 

Evil events come from evil causes; and what we suffer, springs, generally from what we have done.
[Misfortune]
 

High thoughts must have high language.
 

Hunger knows no friend but its feeder.
 

Let each man exercise the art he knows.
 

Love is simply the name for the desire and the pursuit of the whole.
 

Men of sense often learn from their enemies. Prudence is the best safeguard. This principle cannot be learned from a friend, but an enemy extorts it immediately. It is from their foes, not their friends, that cities learn the lesson of building high walls and ships of war. And this lesson saves their children, their homes, and their properties.
[Enemies]
 

Open your mouth and shut your eyes and see what Zeus will send you.
 

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

Shrines! Shrines! Surely you don't believe in the gods. What's your argument? Where's your proof?
 

The truth is forced upon us, very quickly, by a foe.
[Enemies]
 

The wise learn many things from their enemies.
 

These impossible women! How they do get around us! The poet was right: Can't live with them, or without them.
 

Thou shouldst not decide until thou hast heard what both have to say.
 

Under every stone lurks a politician.
 

Why, I'd like nothing better than to achieve some bold adventure, worthy of our trip.
 

Wise people, even though all laws were abolished, would still lead the same life.
 

You cannot make a crab walk straight.
[Impossibility]
 


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