Demosthenes


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Demosthenes (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 ... more »

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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. What is it? Distrust.''
    Demosthenes (c. 384-322 B.C.), Greek orator. Second Philippic, sct. 24 (344 B.C.).
  • ''A man is his own easiest dupe, for what he wishes to be true he generally believes to be true.''
    Demosthenes (c. 384-322 B.C.), Greek orator. Third Olynthiac, sct. 19 (349 B.C.).
  • ''A man is his own easiest dupe, for what he wishes to be true he generally believes to be true.''
    Demosthenes (c. 384-322 B.C.), Greek orator. Third Olynthiac, sct. 19 (349 B.C.).
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