This was effected, and the ruinous city was in the hands of the French.
But the aims of states should be good, or else, like the prayer of Theseus, they may be ruinous to themselves.
Truly it is not a ruinous service, Socrates (he answered)—far from it.
Nothing is so ruinous; and just at the moment when you want them, they will not be forthcoming.
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