121."As for the war, at this time we raise it, both upon injuries done us and upon other sufficient allegations;and when we have repaired our wrongs upon the Athenians, we will also in due time lay it down.
And it is for many reasons probable that we shall have the victory: first, because we exceed them in number;
and next, because when we go to any action intimated, we shall be all of one fashion.And as for a navy, wherein consisteth the strength of the Athenians, we shall provide it both out of everyone's particular wealth and with the money at Delphi and Olympia.For taking this at interest, we shall be able to draw from them their foreign mariners by offer of greater wages.For the forces of the Athenians are rather mercenary than domestic;whereas our own power is less obnoxious to such accidents, consisting more in the persons of men than in money.
And if we overcome them but in one battle by sea, in all probability they are totally vanquished.And if they hold out, we also shall with longer time apply ourselves to naval affairs.And when we shall once have made our skill equal to theirs, we shall surely overmatch them in courage.For the valour that we have by nature, they shall never come unto by teaching;but the experience which they exceed us in, that must we attain unto by industry.
And the money wherewith to bring this to pass, it must be all our parts to contribute.For else it were a hard case that the confederates of the Athenians should not stick to contribute to their own servitude, and we should refuse to lay out our money to be revenged of our enemies and for our own preservation, and that the Athenians take not our money from us and even with that do us mischief.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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