That Hesiod was of this opinion very many writers affirm who were earlier than the critic Aristophanes
; for he was the first to reject the "Precepts", in which book this maxim occurs, as a work of that poet.
Upon the whole, the consequences of such a law as this would be directly contrary to those things which good laws ought to establish, and which Socrates endeavoured to establish by his regulations concerning women and children: for we think that friendship is the greatest good which can happen to any city, as nothing so much prevents seditions: and amity in a city is what Socrates commends above all things, which appears to be, as indeed he says, the effect of friendship; as we learn from Aristophanes
in the Erotics, who says, that those who love one another from the excess of that passion, desire to breathe the same soul, and from being two to be blended into one: from whence it would necessarily follow, that both or one of them must be destroyed.
Come, thou that hast inspired thy Aristophanes
, thy Lucian, thy Cervantes, thy Rabelais, thy Moliere, thy Shakespear, thy Swift, thy Marivaux, fill my pages with humour; till mankind learn the good-nature to laugh only at the follies of others, and the humility to grieve at their own.
If one must be a philosopher, let him be Aristophanes
. And no one at the table thinks I am jingled.
All the world from their earliest years had heard that he was a corrupter of youth, and had seen him caricatured in the Clouds of Aristophanes. Secondly, there are the professed accusers, who are but the mouth-piece of the others.
We observe that the enmity of Aristophanes to Socrates does not prevent Plato from introducing them together in the Symposium engaged in friendly intercourse.
D'Artagnan saw the storm coming, and addressing Moliere, said to him, in an undertone, "You see before you, my dear monsieur, a man who considers himself disgraced, if you measure the flesh and bones that Heaven has given him; study this type for me, Master Aristophanes
, and profit by it."
He seems, like Aristophanes
, to regard the new opinions, whether of Socrates or the Sophists, as fatal to Athenian greatness.
The libretto of his favorite opera, as written by Aristophanes
, is brief, simple and effective -- "brekekex-koax"; the music is apparently by that eminent composer, Richard Wagner.
"There was the soul of Cratinus - passable: Aristophanes
- racy: Plato exquisite not your Plato, but Plato the comic poet; your Plato would have turned the stomach of Cerberus - faugh!
But now, in such books as Aristophanes
, for instance, you've been reading a play this half with the Doctor, haven't you?"
Living in Cloud Land comes Ancient Greek Aristophanes