Demosthenes is famous for having said the following quotes:
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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.
we wish, that we readily believe.
To remind a man of the
good turns you have done him is very much like a reproach.
man is his own easiest dupe, for what he wishes to be true he generally believes
to be true.
Small opportunities are often the beginning
of great enterprises.
No man who is not willing to help
himself has any right to apply to his friends, or to the gods.
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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