For nature has not equipped you to seek
aggrandizement and secure empire, but you are clever at thwarting another's
designs and wresting from him his gains, and quick to confound the plots of the
ambitious and to vindicate the freedom of all mankind. Therefore he does not
want to have the Athenian tradition of liberty watching to seize every chance
against himself. Far from it! Nor is his reasoning here either faulty or idle.
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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