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[25] Demosthenes took a wiser view; for he would retire to a place1 where no voice was to be heard, and no prospect greeted the sight, for fear that his eyes might force his mind to neglect its duty. Therefore, let the burner of the midnight oil seclude himself in the silence of night, within closed doors, with but a solitary lamp to light his labours.

1 An underground room. See Plut. Dem. vii.

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