Small opportunities are often the beginnings of great enterprises.— Demosthenes
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Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.
It is not possible to found a lasting power upon injustice, perjury, and treachery.
A 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.~ Demosthenes
Nothing is easier than self-deceit.
Nothing is so easy as to deceive one's self;
for what we wish, that we readily believe; but such expectations are often inconsistent with the real state of things.
We need money, for sure, Athenians, and without money nothing can be done that ought to be done.
It is impossible for men engaged in low and groveling pursuits to have noble and generous sentiments. A man's thought must always follow his employment.
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.
The end of wisdom is consultation and deliberation.
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.
Great and unexpected successes are often the cause of foolish rushing into acts of extravagance.
To remind a man of the good turns you have done him is very much like a reproach.
There is a great deal of wishful thinking in such cases it is the easiest thing of all to deceive ones self.
The readiest and surest way to get rid of censure, is to correct ourselves.
What we have in us of the image of God is the love of truth and justice.
Excessive dealings with tyrants are not good for the security of free states.
Beware lest in your anxiety to avoid war you obtain a master
The more able a man is, if he make ill use of his abilities, the more dangerous will he be to the commonwealth.
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.
The sower of the seed is assuredly the author of the whole harvest of mischief.
Clouds cannot cover secret places, nor denials conceal truth.
By persistent labor man may attain to all excellence.
Nothing is more easy than to deceive one's self, as our affections are subtle persuaders.
Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true.
What we wish, that we readily believe.
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.
The man who is in the highest state of prosperity, and who thinks his fortune is most secure, knows not if it will remain unchanged till the evening.
Every advantage in the past is judged in the light of the final issue.
No man who is not willing to help himself has any right to apply to his friends, or to the gods.
Do you remember that in classical times when Cicero had finished speaking, the people said, "How well he spoke" but when Demosthenes had finished speaking, they said, "Let us march.
Since we are not yet fully comfortable with the idea that people from the next village are as human as ourselves, it is presumptuous in the extreme to suppose we could ever look at sociable, tool-making creatures who are from other evolutionary paths and see not beasts, but brothers, not rivals, but fellow pilgrims journeying to the shrine of intelligence...The difference... is not in the creature judged, but in the creature judging.
Everything great is not always good, but all good things, are great.
The fact speak for themselves.
It is not possible to found a lasting power upon injustice, perjury, and treachery. These may, perhaps, succeed for once, and borrow for awhile, from hope, a gay and flourishing appearance. But time betrays their weakness, and they fall into ruin of themselves. For, as in structures of every kind, the lower parts should have the greatest firmness--so the grounds and principles of actions should be just and true.
Small opportunities often presage great enterprises.
Good fortune is the greatest of blessings, but good counsel comes next, and the lack of it destroys the other also.
Whatever shall be to the advantage of all, may that prevail!
It is the natural disposition of all men to listen with pleasure to abuse and slander of their neighbour, and to hear with impatience those who utter praises of themselves.
The best protection for the people is not necessarily to believe everything people tell them.
Success has a great tendency to conceal and throw a veil over the evil deeds of men.
We believe whatever we want to believe.
I decline to buy repentance at the cost of ten thousand drachmas.
One believes in what one wants to believe in.
The man who flies shall fight again. [Lat., Qui fugiebat, rusus praeliabitur.]
What a man wishes, he will believe.
Nothing is so easy as to deceive oneself; for what we wish, we readily believe.
There are all kinds of devices invented for the protection and preservation of countries: defensive barriers, forts, trenches, and the like... But prudent minds have as a natural gift one safeguard which is the common possession of all, and this applies especially to the dealings of democracies. What is this safeguard? Skepticism. This you must preserve. This you must retain. If you can keep this, you need fear no harm.