80."Men of Lacedaemon, both I myself have the experience of many wars, and I see you of the same age with me to have the like, insomuch as you cannot desire this war either through inexperience, as many do, nor yet as apprehending it to be profitable or safe.
And whosoever shall temperately consider the war we now deliberate of will find it to be no small one.
For though in respect of the Peloponnesians and our neighbour states we have equal strength and can quickly be upon them, yet against men whose territory is remote and are also expert seamen and with all other things excellently furnished, as money, both private and public, shipping, horses, arms, and number, more than any one part of Greece besides, and that have many confederates paying them tribute: against such, I say, why should we lightly undertake the war?And since we are unfurnished, whereon relying should we make such haste to it?On our navy?
But therein we are too weak;and if we will provide and prepare against them, it will require time.On our money?But therein also we are more too weak;for neither hath the state any, nor will private men readily contribute.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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