105.Ath. ‘As for the favour of the gods, we expect to have it as well as you;for we neither do nor require anything contrary to what mankind hath decreed, either concerning the worship of the gods or concerning themselves.
For of the gods we think according to the common opinion;and of men, that for certain by necessity of nature they will everywhere reign over such as they be too strong for.Neither did we make this law nor are we the first that use it made;but as we found it, and shall leave it to posterity for ever, so also we use it, knowing that you likewise, and others that should have the same power which we have, would do the same.
So that forasmuch as toucheth the favour of the gods, we have in reason no fear of being inferior.And as for the opinion you have of the Lacedaemonians, in that you believe they will help you for their own honour, we bless your innocent minds, but affect not your folly.
For the Lacedaemonians, though in respect of themselves and the constitutions of their own country they are wont for the most part to be generous;yet in respect of others, though much might be alleged, yet the shortest way one might say it all thus: that most apparently of all men, they hold for honourable that which pleaseth, and for just that which profiteth.And such an opinion maketh nothing for your now absurd means of safety.’
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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