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[93] If, therefore, anyone were to ask us whether we should choose to see Athens in such distress as the price of having ruled so long a time,1 who could answer yes, except some utterly abandoned wretch who cared not for sacred matters nor for parents nor for children nor for any other thing save for the term of his own existence? We, however, ought not to emulate the judgement of such men but rather that of those who exercise great forethought and are no less jealous for the reputation of the state than for their own—men who prefer a moderate competence with justice to great wealth unjustly gained.

1 From 478 to 405 B.C.

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