44."Wherefore I will not so much bewail as comfort you, the parents, that are present, of these men.For you know that whilst they lived, they were obnoxious to manifold calamities.Whereas whilst you are in grief, they only are happy that die honourably as these have done, and to whom it hath been granted not only to live in prosperity but to die in it.
Though it be a hard matter to dissuade you from sorrow for the loss of that which the happiness of others, wherein you also when time was rejoiced yourselves, shall so often bring into your remembrance (for sorrow is not for the want of a good never tasted but for the privation of a good we have been used to);
yet such of you as are of the age to have children may bear the loss of these in the hope of more.For the later children will both draw on with some the oblivion of those that are slain and also doubly conduce to the good of the city by population and strength.For it is not likely that they should equally give good counsel to the state that have not children to be equally exposed to danger in it.
As for you that are past having of children, you are to put the former and greater part of your life to the account of your gain;and supposing the remainder of it will be but short, you shall have the glory of these for a consolation of the same.For the love of honour never growth old, nor doth that unprofitable part of our life take delight (as some have said) in gathering of wealth so much as it doth in being honoured.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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