120."Confederates, we can no longer accuse the Lacedaemonians, they having both decreed the war themselves and also assembled us to do the same.For it is fit for them who have the command in a common league, as they are honoured of all before the rest, so also (administering their private affairs equally with others) to consider before the rest of the common business.
And though as many of us as have already had our turns with the Athenians need not be taught to beware of them, yet it were good for those that dwell up in the land, and not as we in places of traffic on the sea side, to know that unless they defend those below, they shall with a great deal the more difficulty both carry to the sea the commodities of the seasons and again more hardly receive the benefits afforded to the inland countries from the sea;and also not to mistake what is now spoken, as if it concerned them not, but to make account that if they neglect those that dwell by the sea, the calamity will also reach to themselves;
and that this consultation concerneth them no less than us, and therefore not to be afraid to change their peace for war.For though it be the part of discreet men to be quiet unless they have wrong, yet it is the part of valiant men, when they receive injury, to pass from peace into war, and after success, from war to come again to composition, and neither to swell with the good success of war nor to suffer injury through pleasure taken in the ease of peace.
For he whom pleasure makes a coward, if he sit still, shall quickly lose the sweetness of the ease that made him so.And he that in war is made proud by success observeth not that his pride is grounded upon unfaithful confidence.
For though many things ill advised come to good effect against enemies worse advised, yet more, thought well advised, have fallen but badly out against well advised enemies.For no man comes to execute a thing with the same confidence he premeditates it.For we deliver opinions in safety, whereas in the action itself we fail through fear.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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