24.Thus spake Nicias, imagining that either the Athenians would, upon the multitude of the things required, abandon the enterprise;or if he were forced to go, he might go with the more security.
But the Athenians gave not over the desire they had of the voyage for the difficulty of the preparation, but were the more inflamed thereby to have it proceed;and the contrary fell out of that which he before expected.For they approved his counsel and thought now there would be no danger at all.
And every one alike fell in love with the enterprise: the old men, upon hope to subdue the place they went to, or that at least so great a power could not miscarry;and the young men, upon desire to see a foreign country and to gaze, making little doubt but to return with safety.As for the common sort and the soldiers, they made account to gain by it not only their wages for the time, but also so to amplify the state in power as that their stipend should endure forever.
So that through the vehement desire thereunto of the most, they also that liked it not, for fear if they held up their hands against it to be thought evil-affected to the state, were content to let it pass.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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