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  • Aristophanes was a heathen; and you, Juan, I am afraid, are very little better.
  • …with that exception, agreed so far, will you not agree with me further that Life has not measured the success of its attempts at godhead by the beauty or bodily perfection of the result, since in both these respects the birds, as our friend Aristophanes long ago pointed out, are so extraordinarily superior, with their power of flight and their lovely plumage, and, may I add, the touching poetry of their loves and nestings, that it is inconceivable that Life, having once produced them,…

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  • In Aristophanes’ comedy, Lysistrata, Athens and Sparta are at war. Women of both sides deny sex to their husbands until the men of the two Greek states agree to stop fighting and get along.
  • So then, from the only comfortable chair in my room, where I sat reading Aristophanes that night, I was able to see a section of the upstairs hallway through my partly open door.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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