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THUCYDIDES

   
The Peloponnesian War.

" . . . Archidamus their king, a man reputed both wise and temperate, spake as followeth.
' . . . war is not so much war of arms as war of money by means whereof arms are useful, especially when it is a war of land men against sea men. . . . '"
1a MOLTKE GANDHI

" . . . Archidamus, king of the Lacedaemonians, . . . called together the commanders of the several cities and such as were in authority and most worthy to be present and spake unto them as followeth:
' . . . For the accidents of war are uncertain, . . . And oftentimes the lesser number, being afraid, hath beaten back the greater with the more ease; for that through contempt they have gone unprepared. . . '"
1b MOLTKE

" . . . Pericles the son of Xantippus, who with nine others was general of the Athenians, . . . advised them concerning the business in hand . . . ' . . . that the victory in war consisted wholly in counsel and store of money.'"1c MOLTKE

"' . . . he that is wronged without cause and escapeth will commonly be more cruel than if it were against any enemy on equal quarrel. . . '
To this purpose spake Cleon."
1d

"' . . . either some greater terror than death must be devised, or death will not be enough for coercion. For poverty will always add boldness to necessity; and wealth, covetousness to pride and contempt. . . '
Thus spake Diodotus."
1e

"' . . . democracy is a name of the whole, oligarchy but of a part. . . in the oligarchy they allow indeed to the multitude a participation of all dangers, but in matters of profit, they not only encroach upon the multitude, but take from them and keep the whole. . . But yet, O ye the most unwise of all men, unless you know that what you affect is evil, and if you know not that, you are the most ignorant of all the Grecians I know; or, ye most wicked of all men, if knowing it you dare do this. . . '
Thus said Athenagoras.
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1f GANDHI


  

Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. The Complete Hobbes Translation. With Notes and a New Introduction by David Grene. The University of Michigan, 1959. David Grene, 1989. Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press, 1989.
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* Italics in the original.

1 Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. The Complete Hobbes Translation. With Notes and a New Introduction by David Grene. The University of Michigan, 1959. David Grene, 1989. Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press, 1989.
a The First Book
, at 48.
b The Second Book, at 95.
c
 Ibid., at 97.
d The Third Book
, at 179-180.
e
 Ibid., at 182-184.
f The Sixth Book
, at 401.

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