Among other people I find this sort of distinction
universally observed.—A man has sinned willfully: he is visited with
resentment and punishment. He has erred unintentionally: pardon takes the place
of punishment. Suppose that he has committed no sin or error at all, but, having
devoted himself to a project approved by all, has, in common with all, failed of
success. In that case he does not deserve reproach or obloquy, but condolence.
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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