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.“
[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 Third Olynthiac], 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.
„No man can tell what the future may bring forth, and small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.“
Ad Leptinum 162, as quoted in Dictionary of Quotations (Classical) (1897) by Thomas Benfield Harbottle, p. 511
„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
Olynthiacs; Philippics (1930) as translated by James Herbert Vince, p. 11
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
Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 455.