hear me before you shout me
down—least of all the Thebans. I do not mean that they regard us with
favor or that they would not readily oblige Philip, but they do realize quite
clearly, for all the stolidity that people attribute to them, that if they ever
fight you, they will have to take all the hard knocks themselves, and someone
else will sit quietly by, waiting for the spoils. Therefore they would never
make such a sacrifice unless the war had a common cause and origin.