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[7] We praise Demosthenes1 for his sagacity because when he urged a policy of war upon the Athenians after they had met with a series of reverses, he [p. 519] pointed out that so far their action had been entirely irrational. For they might still make amends for their negligence, whereas, if they had made no mistakes, they would have had no ground for hopes of better success in the future. Again,2

1 Phil. i. 2.

2 Phil. i. 1.

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