Menander, aka Menander of Athens

Menander, aka Menander of Athens
c. 342
292 B.C.

Greek Comic Playwright, Poet and Dramatist

Author Quotes

He that is conscious of crime, however bold by nature, becomes a coward.

The chief beginning of evil is goodness in excess.

The workman still is greater than his work.

Truth, when not sought after, sometimes comes to light.

There is nothing more daring than ignorance.

There is no better provision for life than impudence and a brazen face.

That which turns out well is better than any law.

Chance is a kind of god, for it preserves many things which we do not observe.

All animals are more happy than man. Look, for instance, on yonder ass; all allow him to be miserable; his evils, however, are not brought on by himself and his own fault; he feels only those which nature has inflicted. We, on the contrary, besides our necessary ills, draw upon ourselves a multitude of others.

A daughter is an embarrassing and ticklish possession.

Everything is destroyed by its own particular vice: the destructive power resides within. Rust destroys iron, moths destroy clothes, the worm eats away the wood; but greatest of all evils is envy, impious habitant of corrupt souls, which ever was, is, and shall be a consuming disease.

Whosoever lends a greedy ear to a slanderous report is either himself of a radically bad disposition or a mere child in sense.

When you see a man elated with pride, glorying in his riches and high descent, rising even above fortune, look out for his speedy punishment; for he is only raised the higher that he may fall with a heavier crash

There is no pleasure of life sprouting like a tree from one root but there is some pain joined to it; and again nature brings good out of evil.

The man who cannot blush, and who has no feelings of fear, has reached the acme of impudence.

At times discretion should be thrown aside, and with the foolish we should play the fool.

How sweet is life, can we but choose with whom to live it: to live for oneself is no life.

I count it happiness,
Ere we go quickly thither whence we came,
To gaze ungrieving on these majesties,
The world-wide sun, the stars, water and clouds,
and fire. Live, Parmeno, a hundred years
Or a few months, these you will always see
and never, never, any greater things.
Think of this life-time as a festival
Or visit to a strange city, full of noise,
Buying and selling, thieving, dicing stalls
And joy parks. If you leave it early, friend,
Why, think you have gone to find a better inn:
You have paid your fare and leave no enemies.

All men have one refuge, a good friend, with whom you can weep and know that he does not smile.

Fortune is no real thing.
But men who cannot bear what comes to them
In Nature's way, give their own characters
The name of Fortune.

Do not fight against Providence; nor bring more heavy weather to the storm. Face what is already there.

It must be that evil communications corrupt good dispositions.

No just person ever became quickly rich.

Let not your friend your cherished secrets hear; Then, if you quarrel, you've no cause to fear.

Being mortal, never pray for an untroubled life; But ask the gods to give you an enduring heart.

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First Name
Menander, aka Menander of Athens
Birth Date
c. 342
Death Date
292 B.C.

Greek Comic Playwright, Poet and Dramatist