78.‘Deliberate therefore of this a great while as of a matter of great importance, and do not upon the opinions and criminations of others procure your own trouble.Consider before you enter how unexpected the chances of war be.
For a long war for the most part endeth in calamity from which we are equally far off, and whether part it will light on is to be tried with uncertainty.
And men, when they go to war, use many times to fall first to action, the which ought to come behind;and when they have taken harm, then they fall to reasoning.
But since we are neither in such error ourselves, nor do find that you are, we advise you, whilst good counsel is in both our elections, not to break the peace nor violate your oaths, but according to the articles, let the controversy be decided by judgment;or else we call the gods you have sworn by to witness that if you begin the war, we will endeavour to revenge ourselves the same way that you shall walk in before us.’
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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