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83. And let no one think that there is any want of courage in cities so numerous hesitating to1 attack a single one. [2] The allies of the Athenians are not less numerous; they pay them tribute too; and war is not an affair of arms, but of money which gives to arms their use, and which is needed above all things when a continental is fighting against a maritime power: [3] let us find money first, and then we may safely allow our minds to be excited by the speeches of our allies. We, on whom the future responsibility, whether for good or evil, will chiefly fall, should calmly reflect on the consequences which may follow.

1 There is no cowardice in hesitation; we are fighting not against Athens, but against he great Athenian empire.

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