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[5] Then it was, too, that he uttered the famous saying, that earlier it had been easier for them to hinder the tyranny, while it was in preparation; but now it was a greater and more glorious task to uproot and destroy it when it had been already planted and was grown. No one had the courage to side with him, however, and so he retired to his own house, took his arms, and placed them in the street in front of his door, saying: ‘I have done all I can to help my country and its laws.’ 1

1 It was for others to do the same. Cf. Aristot. Const. Ath. 14.2.

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