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[10] For I was born more lacking in the two things which have the greatest power in Athens—a strong voice and ready assurance1—than, I dare say, any of my fellow-citizens. And those who are not endowed with these are condemned to go about in greater obscurity so far as public recognition is concerned than those who owe money to the state;2 for the latter have still the hope of paying off the fine assessed against them, whereas the former can never change their nature.

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