Datum narození: 384 př. n. l.
Datum úmrtí: 322 př. n. l.
Démosthenés byl athénský politik, řečník a právník.
„The easiest thing in the world is self-deceit; for every man believes what he wishes, though the reality is often different.“
Third Olynthiac http://books.google.com/books?id=n4INAAAAYAAJ&q="the+easiest+thing+in+the+world+is+self-deceit+for+every+man+believes+what+he+wishes+though+the+reality+is+often+different"&pg=PA57#v=onepage, section 19 (349 BC), as translated by Charles Rann Kennedy (1852) Variants: A man is his own easiest dupe, for what he wishes to be true he generally believes to be true. As quoted in The Routledge Dictionary of Quotations (1987) by Robert Andrews, p. 255 There is nothing easier than self-delusion. Since what man desires, is the first thing he believes.
Speech against Philip II of Macedon (351 BC), in Olynthiacs; Philippics (1930) as translated by James Herbert Vince, p. 99
As quoted in The World's Laconics: Or, The Best Thoughts of the Best Authors (1853) by Everard Berkeley, p. 34
„For a house, I take it, or a ship or anything of that sort must have its chief strength in its substructure; and so too in affairs of state the principles and the foundations must be truth and justice.“
Olytnhiac II, 10 http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.01.0070%3Aspeech%3D2%3Asection%3D10
„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.“
As quoted in Journal of the History of Ideas Vol. 1 (1940), p. 472
Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 455.
„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.“
As quoted in Dictionary of foreign phrases and classical quotations (1908) by Hugh Percy Jones, p. 140