9."Men of Lacedaemon and confederates, we know the received custom of the Grecians.For they that take into league such as revolt in the wars and relinquish a former league, though they like them as long as they have profit by them, yet accounting them but traitors to their former friends, they esteem the worse of them in their judgment.
And to say the truth, this judgment is not without good reason when they that revolt and they from whom the revolt is made are mutually like minded and affected, and equal in provision and strength, and no just cause of their revolt given.But now between us and the Athenians it is not so.
Nor let any man think the worse of us for that having been honoured by them in time of peace, we have now revolted in time of danger.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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