ARISTOPHANES QUOTES

Greek comic dramatist (450 B.C. - 388 B.C.)

Aristophanes quote

A man's homeland is wherever he prospers.

ARISTOPHANES, Plutus

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Tags: prosperity


Hunger knows no friend but its feeder.

ARISTOPHANES, The Wasps

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Tags: hunger


High thoughts must have high language.

ARISTOPHANES, The Frogs

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Tags: thought, language


Under every stone lurks a politician.

ARISTOPHANES, Thesmophoriazusae

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Tags: politics


One must not try to trick misfortune, but resign oneself to it with good grace.

ARISTOPHANES, The Thesmophoriazusae

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Tags: misfortune


It is bad taste for a poet to be coarse and hairy.

ARISTOPHANES, The Thesmophoriazusae

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Times change. The vices of your age are stylish today.

ARISTOPHANES, The Clouds

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The gods, my dear simple fellow, are a mere expression coined by vulgar superstition. We frown upon such coinage here.

ARISTOPHANES, The Clouds

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Tags: God


By words the mind is winged.

ARISTOPHANES, The Birds

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Tags: words


When the soldier returns from the wars, even though he has white hair, he very soon finds a young wife. But a woman has only one summer; if she does not make hay while the sun shines, no one will afterwards have anything to say to her, and she spends her days consulting oracles that never send her a husband.

ARISTOPHANES, Lysistrata

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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.

ARISTOPHANES, The Birds

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Tags: humanity


You will never make the crab walk straight.

ARISTOPHANES, Peace

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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.

ARISTOPHANES, The Clouds

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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.

ARISTOPHANES, The Birds

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Tags: enemies


Do you dare to accuse wine of clouding the reason? Quote me more marvelous 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.

ARISTOPHANES, The Knights

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Tags: wine


Prayers without wine are perfectly pointless.

ARISTOPHANES, The Congresswomen

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Tags: prayer


An ancient tradition declares that every idiot blunder we pass into law will sooner or later redound to Athens' profit.

ARISTOPHANES, The Congresswomen

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'Tis not for us to warn a wilful sinner;
We stay him not, but let him run his course,
Till by misfortunes rous'd, his conscience wakes,
And prompts him to appease th' offended gods.

ARISTOPHANES, The Clouds

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Tags: sin


Mix and knead together all the state business as you do for your sausages. To win the people, always cook them some savory that pleases them.

ARISTOPHANES, The Knights

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Tags: government


I don't know what prevents me from roasting you with this torch.

ARISTOPHANES, Lysistrata

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