Your duty, men
of Athens, when debating such
important matters, is, I think, to allow freedom of speech to every one of your
counsellors. Personally, I never thought it a difficult task to point out to you
the best policy—for, to speak plainly, you all seem to me to have
discerned it already—but rather to induce you to put it into
operation; for when a resolution has been approved and passed, it is no nearer
accomplishment than before it was approved.
Demosthenes. Demosthenes with an English translation by C. A. Vince, M. A. and J. H. Vince, M.A. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1926.
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