Among many advantages which Aeschines holds over me in
this contention, there are two, men of Athens
, of great moment. In the first place, I have a larger
stake on the issue; for the loss of your favor is far more serious to me than
the loss of your verdict to him. For me, indeed—but let me say nothing
inauspicious at the outset of my speech: I will only say that he accuses me at
an advantage. Secondly, there is the natural disposition of mankind to listen
readily to obloquy and invective, and to resent self-laudation.