Athens, the eye of Greece, mother of arts And eloquence.
A great city, whose image dwells in the memory of man, is the type of some great idea. Rome represents conquest; Faith hovers over the towers of Jerusalem; and Athens embodies the pre-eminent quality of the antique world, Art.
Let there be light! Said Liberty , And like sunrise from the sea, Athens arose!
I am a citizen, not of Athens, or Greece, but of the world.
My good friend, you are a citizen of Athens, a city which is very great and very famous for its wisdom and power - are you not ashamed of caring so much for the making of money and for fame and prestige, when you neither think nor care about wisdom and truth and the improvement of your soul?
When the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again.
At Athens, wise men propose, and fools dispose.
Many of our ideas of democracy, so much of our literature and philosophy and science can be traced back to roots right here in Athens.
How great are the dangers I face to win a good name in Athens.
If Athens shall appear great to you, consider then that her glories were purchased by valiant men, and by men who learned their duty.
Earth proudly wears the Parthenon As the best gem upon her zone.
When will there be justice in Athens? There will be justice in Athens when those who are not injured are as outraged as those who are.
And thence from Athens turn away our eyes To seek new friends and stranger companies.
So far has Athens left the rest of mankind behind in thought and expression that her pupils have become the teachers of the world, and she has made the name of Hellas distinctive no longer of race but of intellect, and the title of Hellene a badge of education rather than of common descent.
Ancient of days! august Athena! where, Where are thy men of might? thy grand in soul? Gone--glimmering through the dream of things that were; First in the race that led to glory's goal, They won, and pass'd away--Is this the whole?
Gone, glimmering through the dream of things that were.
As in Athens, the right to participate was restricted to men, just as it was also in all later democracies and republics until the twentieth century.
Athens' biggest worry was the sheer recklessness of its own democratic government. A simple majority of the citizenry, urged on and incensed by clever demagogues, might capriciously send out military forces in unnecessary and exhausting adventures.
The commonwealth of Athens is become a forest of beasts.
In cities like Athens, poor houses lined narrow and tortuous streets in spite of luxurious public buildings.
I am not going to let Athens affect the rest of my life.
Athens is like a sluggish horse, and I am the gadfly trying to sting it into life.
An Aristotle was but the rubbish of an Adam, and Athens but the rudiments of Paradise.
The Parthenon is really only a farmyard over which someone put a roof; colonades and sculptures were added because there were people in Athens who happened to be working and wanted to express themselves.
Of the many smells of Athens two seem to me the most characteristic - that of garlic, bold and deadly like acetylene gas. and that of dust, soft and warm and caressing like tweed.
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