Demosthenes

Demosthenes
384 B.C.
322 B.C.

Greek Statesman and Orator of Ancient Athens

Author Quotes

Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true.

Smelling of the lamp.

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

The man who flies shall fight again.

A hoarseness caused by swallowing gold and silver.

The man who has received a benefit ought always to remember it, but he who has granted it ought to forget the fact at once.

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

The sinews of affairs are cut.

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

The sower of the seed is assuredly the author of the whole harvest of mischief.

An Iliad of woes.

There is one safeguard known generally to the wise, which is an advantage and security to all, but especially to democracies as against despots - suspicion.

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.

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

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

What we wish, that we readily believe.

Close alliances with despots are never safe for free states.

Whatever shall be to the advantage of all, may that prevail!

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

You cannot have a proud and chivalrous spirit if your conduct is mean and paltry; for whatever a man's actions are, such must be his spirit.

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

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

I am a citizen of the world.

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

Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.

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First Name
Demosthenes
Birth Date
384 B.C.
Death Date
322 B.C.
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Greek Statesman and Orator of Ancient Athens