42."Which benefits considering, and the younger sort taking notice of them from the elder, be you pleased to defend us now in the like manner.And have not this thought: that though in what we have spoken there be equity, yet, if the war should arise, the profit would be found in the contrary.
For utility followeth those actions most wherein we do the least wrong;besides that the likelihood of the war, wherewith the Corcyraeans frighting you go about to draw you to injustice, is yet obscure and not worthy to move you to a manifest and present hostility with the Corinthians;but it were rather fit for you, indeed, to take away our former jealousies concerning the Megareans.
For the last good turn done in season, though but small, is able to cancel an accusation of much greater moment.
Neither suffer yourselves to be drawn on by the greatness of the navy which now shall be at your service by this league.For to do no injury to our equals is a firmer power than that addition of strength which, puffed up with present shows, men are to acquire with danger.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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