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ARISTOPHANES
Greek poet and satirist
(c. 448 BC - c. 380 BC)
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By words the mind is winged.
      - [Words]

Evil events from evil causes spring.
      - [Evil]

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]

Meton: With the straight ruler I set to work to make the circle four-cornered.
      - concerning the problem of squaring the circle
        [Geometry]

One bush, they say, can never hide two thieves.
      - [Theft]

They love, they hate, but cannot do without him.
      - see Plutarch's "Life of Alcibiades" (Langhorne's translation)
        [Character]

Wise men, though all laws were abolished, would lead the same lives.
      - [Wisdom]

Ye children of man! whose life is a span
  Protracted with sorrow from day to day,
    Naked and featherless, feeble and querulous,
      Sickly, calamitous creatures of clay.
      - Birds, translation by John Hookham Frere
        [Man]

Have you ever, looking up, seen a cloud like to a Centaur, a Part, or a Wolf, or a Bull?
      - Clouds, (Gerard's translation) [Clouds]

Your lost friends are not dead, but gone before,
  Advanced a stage or two upon that road
    Which you must travel in the steps they trod.
      - Fragment (II), translation by Cumberland
        [Death]

You cannot make a crab walk straight.
      - Pax (1083) [Impossibility]

Times change. The vices of your age are stylish today.
      - The Clouds [Vice]

The old are in a second childhood.
      - The Clouds (l. 1417) [Age]


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