But to the Athenians
of old, I suppose, such temporizing was forbidden by their heredity, by their
pride, by their very nature. Since the world began, no man has ever prevailed
upon Athens to attach herself in the
security of servitude to the oppressors of mankind however formidable: in every
generation she has striven without a pause in the perilous contention for
primacy, and honor, and renown.
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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