Nor is it possible to
say, “After all, these things do no harm to the State.” I
will not dwell on the fact that all the fines due to the State are lost, if you
admit his sophistries, or that if we must forgive any of our debtors, it ought
to be the most decent and respectable and those who have been fined on the least
serious charges, not the greatest villain of all, who has committed most
offences and incurred the most deserved fines on the most serious charges.
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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