Quotes by Demosthenes

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For the Athenian general during the Peloponnesian War, see Demosthenes (general).

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

The readiest and surest way to get rid of censure, is to correct ourselves.
Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.
What we wish, that we readily believe.
No man who is not willing to help himself has any right to apply to his friends, or to the gods.
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.
A man is his own easiest dupe, for what he wishes to be true he generally believes to be true.
To remind a man of the good turns you have done him is very much like a reproach.