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[148] but in effect damaging their own cause and giving license to their auditors, now to ridicule what they say, sometimes to praise them, most often to despise them, and again to think of them whatever they like. But in you they see a man who has no part in these things,1 who lives in a manner different from the sophists as well as from laymen, and from those who enjoy many possessions as well as from those who live in want.

1 Cf. Isoc. 12.12-13. Havet (Introd. to Cartelier's Antidosis p. xlix) contrasts the dignity of the discourses of Isocrates with the personalities and recriminations characteristic of the public orators of his day.

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