Indeed there seemed to be no danger in so doing; their mistake in their estimate of the Athenian power was as great as that
power afterwards turned out to be, and their judgment was based more upon
blind wishing than upon any sound prevision; for it is a habit of mankind to entrust to careless hope what they long
for, and to use sovereign reason to thrust aside what they do not fancy.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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