And none need think it cowardice for a number
of confederates to pause before they attack a single city.
The Athenians have allies as numerous as our own, and allies that pay
tribute, and war is a matter not so much of arms as of money, which makes
arms of use.And this is more than ever true in a struggle between a continental and a
First, then, let us provide money, and not allow ourselves to be carried
away by the talk of our allies before we have done so: as we shall have the
largest share of responsibility for the consequences be they good or bad, we
have also a right to a tranquil inquiry respecting them.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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