I am surprised that some of you are
afraid of the enemies of Sparta
becoming allies of Thebes, and yet
see nothing to fear in their subjugation by the Lacedaemonians, forgetting the
practical lesson to be learned from the past, that the Thebans always use these
allies against the Lacedaemonians, whereas the Lacedaemonians, when they had
them at command, used them against us.
Demosthenes. Demosthenes with an English translation by C. A. Vince, M. A. and J. H. Vince, M.A. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1926.
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