Demosthenes Quotes

All speech is vain and empty unless it be accompanied by action.
Demosthenes
Every advantage in the past is judged in the light of the final issue.
Demosthenes (The First Olynthiac, 349 BCE)
Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.
Demosthenes (Quoted in Dictionary of Quotations, 1897)
No man can tell what the future may bring forth, and small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.
Demosthenes (Quoted in Dictionary of Quotations, 1897)
The fact speak for themselves.
Demosthenes
I say that now, if ever before, you must make your resolve, rouse all your energies, and give your minds to the war: you must contribute gladly, you must go forth in person, you must leave nothing undone. There is no longer any reason or excuse remaining, which can justify you in refusing to do your duty.
Demosthenes (The First Olynthiac, 349 BCE)
Success has a wonderful power of throwing a veil over shameful things 
Demosthenes (The Second Olynthiac)
It is not possible to found a lasting power upon injustice, perjury, and treachery.
Demosthenes (Quoted by Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, 1895)
The readiest and surest way to get rid of censure, is to correct ourselves.
Demosthenes (Quoted in The World's Laconics, 1853)
Fortune is everything, in all human affairs.
Demosthenes (The Second Olynthiac)
Beware lest in your anxiety to avoid war you obtain a master.
Demosthenes
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.
Demosthenes (Quoted in How to Master the Spoken Word, 1913)
So long as a man is in good health, he is unconscious of any weakness; but if any illness comes upon him, the disturbance affects every weak point, be it a rupture or a sprain or anything else that is unsound in his constitution. And as with the body, so it is with a city or a tyrant.
Demosthenes (The Second Olynthiac; The Tyrant is in this case Philip II of Macedon)
Whatever shall be to the advantage of all, may that prevail!
Demosthenes (The First Olynthiac, 349 BCE)
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.
Demosthenes
There is a great deal of wishful thinking in such cases; it is the easiest thing of all to deceive one’s self.
Variant: The easiest thing of all is to deceive one's self; for what a man wishes he generally believes to be true.
Variant: The easiest thing in the world is self-deceit; for every man believes what he wishes, though the reality is often different.
Variant: A man is his own easiest dupe, for what he wishes to be true he generally believes to be true.
Variant: What we wish, that we readily believe.
Variant: Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true.
Demosthenes (The Third Olynthiac)
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.
Demosthenes (Quoted by Hugh Percy Jones, 1908)
It is often harder for men to keep the good they have, than it was to obtain it.
Demosthenes (The First Olynthiac, 349 BCE)
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.
Demosthenes (The Third Olynthiac)


Demosthenes Biography

Born: 384 BCE
Died: 322 BCE

Demosthenes was an ancient Greek orator and statesman. He was a prominent statesman in Athens during his time and was a highly esteemed orator.

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