But if you imagine that Greece will be saved by Chalcidians or
Megarians, while you run away from the task, you are wrong. For they may think
themselves lucky if they can save themselves separately. But this is a task for
you; it was for you that your ancestors won this proud privilege and bequeathed
it to you at great and manifold risk.
Demosthenes. Demosthenes with an English translation by J. H. Vince, M.A. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1930.
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