Demosthenes

Athenian statesman and orator (circa 385-322 BC)

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All speech is vain and empty unless it be accompanied by action.Rate it:
Beware lest in your anxiety to avoid war you obtain a master.Rate it:
Every advantage in the past is judged in the light of the final issue.Rate it:
Great and unexpected successes are often the cause of foolish rushing into acts of extravagance.Rate it:
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 and to talk of it, is little different from reproach.Rate it:
He who receives a favour must retain a recollection of it for all time to come; but he who confers should at once forget it, if he is not to show a sordid and ungenerous spirit. To remind a man of a kindness conferred on him, and to talk of it, is little different from a reproach.Rate it:
It is impossible for those who are engaged in low and grovelling pursuits to entertain noble and generous sentiments. Their thoughts must always necessarily be somewhat similar to their employments.Rate it:
It is the natural disposition of all men to listen with pleasure to abuse and slander of their neighbour, and to hear with impatience those who utter praises of themselves.Rate it:
Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true.Rate it:
Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.Rate it:
The easiest thing of all is to deceive one's self for what a man wishes he generally believes to be true.Rate it:
The fact speak for themselves.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
The man who is in the highest state of prosperity, and who thinks his fortune is most secure, knows not if it will remain unchanged till the evening.Rate it:
There is a great deal of wishful thinking in such cases it is the easiest thing of all to deceive ones self.Rate it:
There is one safeguard known generally to the wise, which is an advantage and security to all, but especially to democracies against despots -- suspicion.Rate it:
What we have in us of the image of God is the love of truth and justice.Rate it:
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.Rate it:

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