History of the Peloponnesian War

Thucydides

Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.

‘But do you consider that there is no security in the policy which we indicate?

For here again if you debar us from talking about justice and invite us to obey your interest, we also must explain ours, and try to persuade you, if the two happen to coincide.

How can you avoid making enemies of all existing neutrals who shall look at our case and conclude from it that one day or another you will attack them?

And what is this but to make greater the enemies that you have already, and to force others to become so who would otherwise have never thought of it?’