Oh, men of Athens, what a vile
monster is the calumniator, gathering malice from everywhere, always backbiting!
But this fellow is by very nature a spiteful animal, absolutely incapable of
honesty or generosity; this monkey of melodrama, this bumpkin tragedy-king, this
pinchbeck orator! What use has all your cleverness ever been to your country?
Demosthenes. Demosthenes with an English translation by C. A. Vince, M. A. and J. H. Vince, M.A. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1926.
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