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Aristophanes, Peace (ed. Eugene O'Neill, Jr.), line 118 (search)
It went to have vengeance on the eagle and break its eggs.
Why not saddle Pegasus? you would have a more tragic appearance in the eyes of the gods.
Eh! don't you see, little fool, that then twice the food would be wanted? Whereas my beetle devours again as filth what I have eaten myself.
And if it fell into the watery depths of the sea, could it escape with its wings?
I am fitted with a rudder in case of need, and my Naxos beetle will serve me as a boat.
And what harbor will you put in at?
Why, is there not the harbor of Cantharus at the Piraeus?
Take care not to knock against anything and so fall off into space; once a cripple, you would be a fit subject for Euripides, who would put you into a tragedy.
As the Machine hoists him higher.
I'll see to it. Good-bye!To the Athenians.You, for love of whom I brave these dangers, do ye neither fart nor crap for the