Now I do not choose,
Athenians, to enumerate the resources of Philip and by such arguments to call on
you to rise to the occasion. Do you ask why? Because it seems to me that any
dissertation on that topic is a tribute to his enterprise, but a record of our
failure. For the higher he has raised himself above his proper level, the more
he wins the admiration of the world; but the more you have failed to improve
your opportunities, the greater is the discredit that you have incurred. All
this then I will waive.