Wise people, even though all laws were abolished, would still lead the same life.
Aristophanes (c.450 - c.385 BC)
Source: Pearls of Wisdom
Contributed by: ingebrita
Shall I crack any of those old jokes, master, At which the audience never fail to laugh?
Source: Frogs, 405 B.C.
Contributed by: Zaady
Under every stone lurks a politician.
Source: Thesmophoriazusae, 410 B.C.
Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever.
High thoughts must have high language.
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.
Source: Wasps, 422 B.C.
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. . . .
Source: Birds, 414 BC
Meton (astronomer in 5th century BC): With the straight ruler I set to work To make the circle four-cornered . [First allusion to the problem of squaring the circle]
You have all the characteristics of a popular politician: a horrible voice, bad breeding, and a vulgar manner.
Source: Knights, 424 BC
Let each man exercise the art he knows.
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