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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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The more able a man is, if he make ill use of his abilities, the more dangerous will he be to the co ...

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The man who flies shall fight again. [Lat., Qui fugiebat, rusus praeliabitur.]

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We believe whatever we want to believe.

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The man who has received a benefit ought always to remember it, but he who has granted it ought to f ...

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Nothing is more easy than to deceive one's self, as our affections are subtle persuaders.

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Great and unexpected successes are often the cause of foolish rushing into acts of extravagance.

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

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By persistent labor man may attain to all excellence.

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