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[2] And when one of those who haunted the law-courts in the capacity of public informer opposed him, and said, ‘Canst thou dare, O Phocion, to divert the Athenians from war when they are already under arms?’ ‘I can,’ said he, ‘and that, too, though I know that while there is war thou wilt be under my orders, but when peace has been made I shall be under thine.’ When, however, he could not prevail, but Demosthenes carried the day and was urging the Athenians to join battle with Philip as far from Attica as possible, ‘My good Sir,’ said Phocion, ‘let us not ask where we can fight, but how we shall be victorious. ’

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