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[4] To him, then, Demosthenes made a sharp answer. ‘Indeed,’ said he, ‘thy lamp and mine, O Pytheas, are not privy to the same pursuits.’ To the rest, however, he made no denial at all, but confessed that his speeches were neither altogether unwritten, nor yet fully written out. Moreover, he used to declare that he who rehearsed his speeches was a true man of the people: for such preparation was a mark of deference to the people, whereas heedlessness of what the multitude will think of his speech marks a man of oligarchical spirit, and one who relies on force rather than on persuasion.

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