But if many people, who have never set eyes on me or
heard the sound of my voice, have been grievously afflicted—I do not
mean as individuals, but whole cities and nations—I say it is vastly
more honest and candid to attribute these calamities to the common fortune of
mankind, or to some distressing and untoward current of events.
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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