Open your mouth and shut your eyes and see what Zeus will send you.— Aristophanes
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Youth ages, immaturity is outgrown, ignorance can be educated, and drunkenness sobered, but stupid lasts forever.
Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever.
Look at the orators in our republics;
as long as they are poor, both state and people can only praise their uprightness; but once they are fattened on the public funds, they conceive a hatred for justice, plan intrigues against the people and attack the democracy.
Wise people, even though all laws were abolished, would still lead the same life.
You cannot teach a crab to walk straight.
[Y]ou possess all the attributes of a demagogue;
a screeching, horrible voice, a perverse, crossgrained nature and the language of the market-place. In you all is united which is needful for governing.
A man may learn wisdom even from a foe.
When men drink, then they are rich and successful and win lawsuits and are happy and help their friends. Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever.
Wise men learn many things from their enemies.
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.
Hunger knows no friend but its feeder.
Times change. The vices of your age are stylish today.
Under every stone lurks a politician.
Have you ever, looking up, seen a cloud like to a Centaur, a Part, or a Wolf, or a Bull?
There is no beast, no rush of fire, like woman so untamed.
She calmly goes her way where even panthers would be shamed.
You vote yourselves salaries out of the public funds and care only for your own personal interests; hence the state limps along.
Prayers without wine are perfectly pointless.
An insult directed at the wicked is not to be censured;
on the contrary, the honest man, if he has sense, can only applaud.
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.
Today things are better than yesterday.
One bush, they say, can never hide two thieves.
Thou shouldst not decide until thou hast heard what both have to say.
Does it seem that everything is extravagance in the world, or rather madness, when you watch the way things go? A crowd of rogues enjoy blessings they have won by sheer injustice, while more honest folks are miserable and die of hunger.
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.
Full of wiles, full of guile, at all times, in all ways, are the children of Men.
If you strike upon a thought that baffles you, break off from that entanglement and try another, so shall your wits be fresh to start again.
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.
There is no honest man! not one, that can resist the attraction of gold!
By words the mind is winged.
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.
Words give wings to the mind and make a man soar to heaven.
Surely you do not believe in the gods. What's your argument? Where's your proof?
These impossible women! How they do get around us! The poet was right: Can't live with them, or without them.
It should not prejudice my voice that I'm not born a man, if I say something advantageous to the present situation. For I'm taxed too, and as a toll provide men for the nation.
It is bad taste for a poet to be coarse and hairy.
Women, you overheated dipsomaniacs, never passing up a chance to wangle a drink, a great boon to bartenders but a bane to us--not to mention our crockery and our woolens!
Evil events from evil causes spring.
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.
It often happens that less depends upon the valor of an army than the skill of the leader.
Ah! the Generals! they are numerous, but not good for much!
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!
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.
Chorus of women: [...] Oh! my good, gallant Lysistrata, and all my friends, be ever like a bundle of nettles; never let you anger slacken; the wind of fortune blown our way.
What unlooked-for things do happen, to be sure, in a long life!
When men drink wine they are rich, they are busy, they push lawsuits, they are happy, they are friends.
I saw a cavalry captain buy vegetable soup on horseback.
He carried the whole mess home in his helmet.
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.
A fox is subtlety itself.
Woman is adept at getting money for herself and will not easily let herself be deceived; she understands deceit too well herself.