Birth 384 BC
Death 322 BC

Famous Greek orator, arguably the best in the history of mankind. But that’s not the thing to focus on; there were outstanding orators before, during and after his time. The key thing to note is the way he doggedly pursued his goals and craved fame; Demosthenes was born an unattractive and inarticulate man with a speech impediment, and it was only years of training in an underground chamber and on the shores of the raging sea with pebbles in his mouth that brought him stardom. Like Socrates, he met a sorry end, drinking poison after being sentenced to death. Inspired by Demosthenes’ example, John also stuffed his mouth with pebbles on the seashore (we’ve already mentioned that we live not far from the sea), but it didn’t work so well for him.

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