Aristophanes Quotes

An insult directed at the wicked is not to be censured; on the contrary, the honest man, if he has sense, can only applaud.

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A demagogue must be neither an educated nor an honest man; he has to be an ignoramus and a rogue.

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Do you dare to accuse wine of clouding the reason? Quote me more marvellous effects than those of wine. Look! when a man drinks, he is rich, everything he touches succeeds, he gains lawsuits, is happy and helps his friends. Come, bring hither quick a flagon of wine, that I may soak my brain and get an ingenious idea.

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It is the compelling power of great thoughts and ideas to engender phrases of equal size.

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Woman is adept at getting money for herself and will not easily let herself be deceived; she understands deceit too well herself.

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To invoke solely the weaker arguments and yet triumph is a talent worth more than a hundred thousand drachmae.

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This art is worth more than ten thousand staters, that one should choose the worse cause, and nevertheless be victorious.

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Do not bandy words with your father, nor treat him as a dotard, nor reproach the old man, who has cherished you, with his age.

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Learn not to contradict your father in anything; nor by calling him Iapetus, to reproach him with the ills of age, by which you were reared in your infancy.

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By words the mind is winged.

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Weak mortals, chained to the earth, creatures of clay as frail as the foliage of the woods, you unfortunate race, whose life is but darkness, as unreal as a shadow, the illusion of a dream.

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Come now, ye men, in nature darkling, like to the race of leaves, of little might, figures of clay, shadowy feeble tribes, wingless creatures of a day, miserable mortals, dream-like men.

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Full of wiles, full of guile, at all times, in all ways, are the children of Men.

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Man is naturally deceitful ever, in every way!

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The wise can often profit by the lessons of a foe, for caution is the mother of safety. It is just such a thing as one will not learn from a friend and which an enemy compels you to know. To begin with, it's the foe and not the friend that taught cities to build high walls, to equip long vessels of war; and it's this knowledge that protects our children, our slaves and our wealth. Well then, I agree, let us first hear them, for that is best; one can even learn something in an enemy's school.

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