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Again, when Demosthenes was heaping abuse upon Alexander, who was already advancing against Thebes, Phocion said: ‘‘Rash one, why dost thou seek to provoke a man who is savage,’1 and is reaching out after great glory? Canst thou wish, when so great a conflagration is near, to fan the city into flame? But I, who am bearing the burdens of command with this object in view, will not suffer these fellow citizens of mine to perish even if that is their desire.’

1 Odyssey, ix. 494, Odysseus, to a companion, of Polyphemus the Cyclops.

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