I conceive that to speak against grants which he
might accept without being likely to do serious injury to the State, is the act
of one who has either a private grievance or the spirit of an informer, but that
to set myself in opposition to a project by which he was concerting very serious
detriment to the commonwealth is the act of an honest man and a patriotic
citizen. That is why I was silent then and speak now.
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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