And yet ignorance is not a fair excuse in
public life; no man is required or compelled by you to handle politics. When a
man puts himself forward with a persuasion of his own ability, you receive his
advances, as kindly and courteous people should, with goodwill and without
jealousy; you give him appointments and entrust him with public business.
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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