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Menandros

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Menander war ein griechischer Komödiendichter.

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„Wenn du Verstand hast, heiratest du nicht […]." "Die Sache ist abzuwarten. Der Würfel werde geworfen!“

—  Menandros

Arrephoros oder Auletris; überliefert durch Athenäus von Naukratis, Gastmahl der Gelehrten XIII, 8; Grundlage des durch Caesar berühmten Wortes "Alea iacta est

„Das Beste im Leben ist, Verständnis für alles Schöne zu haben.“

—  Menandros

Sentenzen in Monostichen

„Kein Mensch ist mir ein Fremder, wenn er tüchtig ist.“

—  Menandros

Fragmente

„In this part he most shows himself a man,
whoever tolerates making himself equal to another,
rich to poor. For this man will bear a change of fortune
with self-control.“

—  Menander, Dyskolos

Gorgias.
Dyskolos
Kontext: Even if you were a softy, you took the mattock, you dug,
you were willing to work. In this part he most shows himself a man,
whoever tolerates making himself equal to another,
rich to poor. For this man will bear a change of fortune
with self-control. You have given a sufficient proof of your character. 
I wish only that you remain as you are.

„We live, not as we wish to, but as we can.“

—  Menander

Lady of Andros, fragment 50.

„Conscience is a God to all mortals.“

—  Menander

Monosticha.

„To say more than what's necessary
I don't think is appropriate for a man.“

—  Menander, Dyskolos

Knemon.
Variant translation: I don't hold with people saying more than they need; but there is one thing more, my child, that I'd like you to know. I just want to say a few things to you about life, and the way people behave. You know, if we were all kind to one another, there'd be no need for law courts, there'd be no arresting people and putting them into prison, and there would be no more war. Everyone would have his little bit, and be content. But maybe you like modern ways better? Well, live that way, then! This difficult and bad-tempered old man will soon be out of the way.
As translated by William Geoffrey Arnott http://www.rhapsodes.fll.vt.edu/menander.htm.
Dyskolos
Kontext: To say more than what's necessary
I don't think is appropriate for a man. Except know this, child —
for I wish to tell you a little about me and my character —
if everyone were like me there wouldn't be law courts,
and they wouldn't take them away to prisons,
and there wouldn't be wars, but having goods in measure each man would be happy.
But perhaps those things are more pleasing. Act that way.
This difficult and grouchy old man will be out of your way.

„Whom the gods love dies young.“

—  Menander

[Epigramatic] Sentences, 425
He whom the gods love dies young.
The Double Deceiver, frag. 4.
Original: (el) ὃν οἱ θεοὶ φιλοῦσιν ἀποθνῄσκει νέος
Variante: ὃν οἱ θεοὶ φιλοῦσιν, ἀποθνῄσκει νέος.
Quelle: Menander: The Plays and Fragments

„The truth sometimes not sought for comes forth to the light.“

—  Menander

The Girl Who Gets Flogged, fragment 422.

„The man who runs may fight again.“

—  Menander

Variant translation: The man who runs away will fight again.
Monosticha.

„It is not white hair that engenders wisdom.“

—  Menander

Unidentified fragment 639.

„I call a fig a fig, a spade a spade.“

—  Menander

Unidentified fragment 545 K (K = T. Kock, Comicorum Atticorum Fragmenta, 3 vols. (Leipzig 1880/8)), as translated in ‪Menander: The Principal Fragments‬‎ (1921) by Francis Greenleaf Allinson.
Original: (el) τὰ σῦκα σῦκα, τὴν σκάφην σκάφην...

„Riches cover a multitude of woes.“

—  Menander

The Boeotian Girl, fragment 90.

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