If Cersobleptes is by nature not a man of his word, if he is
justly distrusted because of his past behavior, and if there is nothing in the
political situation that should induce him, even against his judgement and his
character, to promote the welfare of Charidemus, for what reason should we, in
sheer absolute stupidity, help him to accomplish his desires, even to our own
detriment? I see no reason.
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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