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Demosthenes

Demosthenes (/d??m?s.??ni?z/; Greek: ?????????? D?mosthén?s [d??most?én??s]; 384–322 BC) was a prominent Greek statesman and orator of ancient Athens. His orations constitute a significant expression of contemporary Athenian intellectual prowess and provide an insight into the politics and culture of ancient Greece during the 4th century BC. Demosthenes learned rhetoric by studying the speeches of previous great orators. He delivered his first judicial speeches at the age of 20, in which he argued effectively to gain from his guardians what was left of his inheritance. For a time, Demosthenes made his living as a professional speech-writer (logographer) and a lawyer, writing speeches for use in private legal suits.

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

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

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“The readiest and surest way to get rid of censure, is to correct ourselves”

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“Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.”

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

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

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“What we have in us of the image of God is the love of truth and justice”

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Nothing is easier than self-deceit.

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What a man wishes, he will believe.

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To remind a man of the good turns you have done him is very much like a reproach.

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He who confers a favor should at once forget it, if he is not to show a sordid ungenerous spirit. To ...

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Clouds cannot cover secret places, nor denials conceal truth.

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The end of wisdom is consultation and deliberation.

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

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

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