you have now to consider whether that is the value that you put on the
constitution, the existing laws, and your regard for your oath;for if you acquit
him, though his proposal was manifestly illegal, everyone will conclude that you
have preferred this sum of money to the laws and to your good faith. Why, even
if a man gave you this sum out of his own pocket, it would not be worth taking,
much less if it has to be exacted from others.
Demosthenes. Demosthenes with an English translation by A. T. Murray, Ph.D., LL.D. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1939.
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