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  • Demosthenes was instrumental in Athens’ unsuccessful uprising against Alexander the Great.
  • Think what Pericles did in Athens, and Demosthenes.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • Perhaps some latent Demosthenes was sitting before me awaiting the coming of some twentieth-century Macedonia.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • "Demosthenes, I know thee by the pebble thou secretest in thy golden mouth!" said Bilibin, and the mop of hair on his head moved with satisfaction.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace

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  • "Demosthenian eloquence," said Don Quixote, "means the eloquence of Demosthenes, as Ciceronian means that of Cicero, who were the two most eloquent orators in the world."
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Why not bring in Henry Grattan and Flood and Demosthenes and Edmund Burke?
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Imagine with thyself, courteous reader, how often I then wished for the tongue of Demosthenes or Cicero, that might have enabled me to celebrate the praise of my own dear native country in a style equal to its merits and felicity.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • CHAPTER THIRTY-FIVE HEARTACHE Whatever his motive might have been, Laurie studied to some purpose that year, for he graduated with honor, and gave the Latin oration with the grace of a Phillips and the eloquence of a Demosthenes, so his friends said.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • But in spite of Macaulay’s brilliancy and his admirable faculty of making the commonplace seem fresh and picturesque, his positiveness wearied me at times, and his frequent sacrifices of truth to effect kept me in a questioning attitude very unlike the attitude of reverence in which I had listened to the Demosthenes of Great Britain.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • Certain it is, they sunk deeper into his lordship than anything which Demosthenes or Cicero could have said on the occasion.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones

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  • It was like getting hugged, or knowing that at the Friday speakings she would be out there in the schoolyard with Mama, sitting on a sawmill puncheon and perking up when it was Mary Toy’s turn to quote from "Lord Ullin’s Daughter" or my turn to give an oration from Demosthenes.
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • Athens, as we learn from Demosthenes, was the arbiter of Greece seventy-three years.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Demosthenes —— PROLOGUE.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • On hearing that John Quincy’s course of studies did not include Cicero and Demosthenes, Adams could hardly contain his indignation.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • This one advertised itself with names carved in the granite frieze above its broad front: HOMER, HERODOTUS, SOPHOCLES, PLATO, ARISTOTLE, DEMOSTHENES, CICERO, VERGIL.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • Pericles, yes, but Demosthenes was right about Philip.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • Nor do I believe that all the imagination, fire, and judgment of Pitt, could have produced those orations that have made the senate of England, in these our times, a rival in eloquence to Greece and Rome, if he had not been so well read in the writings of Demosthenes and Cicero, as to have transferred their whole spirit into his speeches, and, with their spirit, their knowledge too.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
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