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Type: Statesman
Nationality: Greek
Date of Birth: 382 BC
Date of Death: 322 BC




 

Demosthenes Quotes

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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.
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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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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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To remind a man of the good turns you have done him is very much like a reproach.
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Every dictator is an enemy of freedom, an opponent of law.
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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.
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Close alliances with despots are never safe for free states.
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What we wish, that we readily believe.
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I am a citizen of the world.
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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.
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The best protection for the people is not necessarily to believe everything people tell them.
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No man who is not willing to help himself has any right to apply to his friends, or to the gods.
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All speech is vain and empty unless it be accompanied by action.
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Excessive dealings with tyrants are not good for the security of free states.
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Beware lest in your anxiety to avoid war you obtain a master.
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