Greek Statesman and Orator of Ancient Athens
"Nothing is so easy as to deceive one's self, for what we wish we readily believe; but such expectations are often inconsistent with the reality of things."
"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."
"A man is his own easiest dupe, for what he wishes to be true he generally believes to be true."
"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."
"No man who is not willing to help himself has any right to apply to his friends, or to the gods."
"The best protection for the people is not necessarily to believe everything people tell them."
"Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true."
"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."
"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."