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Demosthenes Quotes


A prominent Greek statesman and orator of ancient Athens, generally considered the greatest of the Greek orators.
(384 BC - 322 BC)

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A hoarseness caused by swallowing gold and silver.
 

A man is his own easiest dupe, for what he wishes to be true he generally believes to be true.
 

All speech is vain and empty unless it be accompanied by action.
[Action]
 

An Iliad of woes.
 

As a vessel is known by the sound, whether it be cracked or not; so men are proved, by their speeches, whether they be wise or foolish.
[Speech]
 

Beware lest in your anxiety to avoid war you obtain a master.
 

Close alliances with despots are never safe for free states.
 

Every advantage in the past is judged in the light of the final issue.
 

Every dictator is an enemy of freedom, an opponent of law.
 

Everything great is not always good, but all good things, are great.
[Greatness]
 

Excessive dealings with tyrants are not good for the security of free states.
 

He who confers a favor should at once forget it, if he is not to show a sordid ungenerous spirit. To remind a man of a kindness conferred on him, and to talk of it, is little different from reproach.
[Kindness]
 

I am a citizen of the world.
 

It is not possible to found a lasting power upon injustice, perjury, and treachery. These may, perhaps, succeed for once, and borrow for awhile, from hope, a gay and flourishing appearance. But time betrays their weakness, and they fall into ruin of themselves. For, as in structures of every kind, the lower parts should have the greatest firmness--so the grounds and principles of actions should be just and true.
[Power]
 

No man who is not willing to help himself has any right to apply to his friends, or to the gods.
 

Nothing is so easy as to deceive one's self; for what we wish, that we readily believe; but such expectations are often inconsistent with the real state of things.
[Belief]
 

Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.
[Opportunities]
 

Smelling of the lamp.
 

Success has a great tendency to conceal and throw a veil over the evil deeds of men.
[Success]
 

The best protection for the people is not necessarily to believe everything people tell them.
 


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