Timing the lyre and handling the harp arc no accomplishments of mine, but rather taking in hand a city that was small and inglorious and making it glorious and great.
[Of his son] The boy is the most powerful of all the Hellenes; for the Hellenes arc commanded by the Athenians, the Athenians by myself, myself by the boy's mother, and the mother by her boy.
[Of two suitors for his daughter's hand] I choose the likely man in preference to the rich man; I want a man without money rather than money without a man.
I have with me two gods, Persuasion and Compulsion.
[Upon being asked whether he would rather be Achilles or Homer] Which would you rather be a victor in the Olympic games, or the announcer of the victor?