61."Now, if we were wise, we ought rather to call in confederates and undergo dangers for the winning of somewhat that is none of ours than for the impairing of what we already have;and to believe that nothing so much destroys a city as sedition, and that Sicily, though we the inhabitants thereof be insidiated by the Athenians as one body, is nevertheless city against city in sedition within itself.
In contemplation whereof, we ought, man with man and city with city, to return again into amity;and with one consent to endeavour the safety of all Sicily: and not to have this conceit, that though the Dorians be the Athenians' enemies, yet the Chalcideans are safe, as being of the race of the Ionians.
For they invade not these divided races upon hatred of a side, but upon a covetous desire of those necessaries which we enjoy in common.And this they have proved themselves in their coming hither to aid the Chalcideans.
For though they never received any aid by virtue of their league from the Chalcideans, yet have they on their part been more forward to help them than by the league they were bound unto.
Indeed, the Athenians, that covet and meditate these things, are to be pardoned.I blame not those that are willing to reign, but those that are most willing to be subject;for it is the nature of man everywhere to command such as give way and to be shy of such as assail.
We are to blame that know this and do not provide accordingly and make it our first care of all to take good order against the common fear.
Of which we should soon be delivered, if we would agree amongst ourselves (for the Athenians come not amongst us out of their own country, but from theirs here that have called them in);and so, not war by war, but all our quarrels shall be ended by peace without trouble;and those that have been called in, as they came with fair pretence to injure us, so shall they with fair reason be dismissed by us without their errand.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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