“Praxagora: I want all to have a share of everything and all property to be in common; there will no longer be either rich or poor; I shall begin by making land, money, everything that is private property, common to all.
Blepyrus: But who will till the soil?
Praxagora: The slaves.”
Ecclesiazusae, line 590-591 & 597-598 & 651 - Ecclesiazusae (392 BC)
“Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever.”
Variant: "Then quick bring me a pitcher full of wine, that I may wet my mind, and speak to some good purpose." From: The Comedies of Aristophanes, Volume 1 (1837), translated by Charles Apthorp Wheelwright, p. 299, "The Knights", Act I, Scene I
“Demosthenes: A demagogue must be neither an educated nor an honest man; he has to be an ignoramus and a rogue.”
Knights, line 191-193 - Knights (424 BC)
Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsAristophanes
Bio: Aristophanes, son of Philippus, of the deme Cydathenaus, was a comic playwright of ancient Athens. Eleven of his 40 plays survive virtually complete. These, together with fragments of some of his other plays, provide the only real examples of a genre of comic drama known as Old Comedy, and they are used to define the genre.