The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Memorabilia by Xenophon:|
Hipp. That, too, is a true saying.
Soc. Do you not think, then, that if a man devoted himself to our
cavalry also, here in Athens, we should far outstrip the rest of the
world, whether in the furnishing of arms and horses, or in orderliness
of battle-array, or in eager hazardous encounter with the foe, if only
we could persuade ourselves that by so doing we should obtain honour
Hipp. It is reasonable to think so.
Soc. Have no hesitation, therefore, but try to guide your men into
this path, whence you yourself, and through you your fellow-
citizens, will reap advantage.