may be an unduly harsh thing to say, but they will join heartily in the
invasion. The Phocians then? What! the men who cannot protect their own country
without your help? Any others? “But, my friend,” cries
someone, “he will not wish to attack us.” Nay, it would be a
crowning absurdity if, having the power, he should lack the will to carry out
the threat which today he utters at the risk of his reputation for sanity.
Demosthenes. Demosthenes with an English translation by J. H. Vince, M.A. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1930.
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