In all human affairs perhaps one ought to regulate
every undertaking by considerations of time;
but this is especially true in war, in which a
moment makes all the difference between success
and failure, and to miss this is the most fatal of errors. . . .
Many men desire honour, but it is only the few who
venture to attempt it; and of those who do so,
it is rare to find any that have the resolution to
persevere to the end. . . .
Histories. Polybius. Evelyn S. Shuckburgh. translator. London, New York. Macmillan. 1889. Reprint Bloomington 1962.
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