60.And yet, as men of sense, we ought to see that our separate interests are
not alone at stake in the present congress: there is also the question
whether we have still time to save Sicily, the whole of which in my opinion
is menaced by Athenian ambition; and we ought to find in the name of that people more imperious arguments
for peace than any which I can advance, when we see the first power in
Hellas watching our mistakes with the few ships that she has at present in
our waters, and under the fair name of alliance speciously seeking to turn
to account the natural hostility that exists between us.
If we go to war, and call in to help us a people that are ready enough to
carry their arms even where they are not invited; and if we injure ourselves at our own expense, and at the same time serve
as the pioneers of their dominion, we may expect when they see us worn out,
that they will one day come with a larger armament, and seek to bring all of
us into subjection.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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