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Greek comic dramatist and satirist
(c. 445-385 BC)

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How about 'Cloudcuckooland'?
-- Suggesting a name for the capital city of the Birds, in: The Birds, line 819

The old are in a second childhood.
-- The Clouds, line 1417

But he was contented there [i.e. on earth], is contented here [i.e. in Hades]
-- The Frogs, line 82

Brekekekex koax koax.
-- Cry of the Frogs, in: The Frogs, line 209 and elsewhere

O women, if we would compel the men to bow to Peace, [...] We must refrain from every depth of love.... Why do you turn your backs? Where are you going? Why do you bite your lips and shake your heads? Why are your faces blanched? Why do you weep?
-- Lysistrata, lines 120-121 and 124-127 (Jack Lindsay, tr.)

You will never make a crab walk straight.
-- Peace, line 1083

Under every stone lurks a politician.
-- Thesmophoriazusae, line 530

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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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