folly; that the paternal relation is nothing; the filial, nothing. " Well said, philosopher; persist, convince the youth; that we may
have many more to think and talk like you. By
such doctrines as these, no doubt, have our well-governed states flourished ! Upon these was Sparta
founded ! Lycurgus, by his laws and method of
education, introduced such persuasions as these:
that it is not base to be slaves, rather than honorable; nor honorable to be free, rather than base!
They who died at Thermopylae, died from such principles as these ! And from what other doctrines did
the Athenians leave their city?When the Athenians found themselves unable to resist the forces of the Persians, they left their city; and having removed their wives and children, and their movable effects, to Troezen and Salamis, went on board their ships, and defended the liberty of Greece by their fleet. - C.
And yet they who talk thus marry, and produce
children, and engage in public affairs, and get themselves mad