While deliberation is naturally a vexatious and difficult task, you,
Athenians, have enhanced its difficulties; for all other people deliberate
before the event, but you after the event. And the result is that, as long as I
can remember, the man who attacks any mistakes you have made gains your applause
as an able speaker, but meanwhile the events and the real object of your
deliberation wholly escape you.
Demosthenes. Demosthenes with an English translation by J. H. Vince, M.A. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1930.
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