“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.
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“You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.”