45."As for you that are the children or brethren of these men, I see you shall have a difficult task of emulation.For every man useth to praise the dead, so that with odds of virtue you will hardly get an equal reputation but still be thought a little short.For men envy their competitors in glory while they live, but to stand out of their way is a thing honoured with an affection free from opposition.
And since I must say somewhat also of feminine virtue for you that are now widows, I shall express it in this short admonition.It will be much for your honour not to recede from your sex and to give as little occasion of rumour amongst the men, whether of good or evil, as you can.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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