men of Athens, are the thoughts
suggested to me by the contemplation of public affairs and by the speeches to
which I listen. I observe that the speeches are all about punishing Philip,
while our affairs have reached a stage at which it must be our first concern to
avoid disaster ourselves. Hence these speakers seem to me to make precisely the
mistake of submitting to you the wrong subject for deliberation.
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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