thing will be budget driven rather than plan driven.

I hope not because I really think the kind of risk-based approaches we have been talking about here this afternoon so far is really the way to go.

I would like to close finally with a quote from that famous modern author, Pericles, that I think is right on the mark. We Athenians take our decisions on policy or submit them for proper discussion for we do not think there is an incompatibility between words and deeds. The worst thing is to rush into action before the consequences have been properly debated.

This is another point where we differ from other people. We are capable at the same time of taking risks and of estimating them beforehand. Others are brave out of ignorance and when they stop to think, they begin to fear but the man who can be most truly accounted to be brave is he who best knows the meaning of what is sweet in life and what is terrible and then goes out to meet what is to come.

So, my fellow Athenians, I thank you for letting me join you today and I look forward to working with you in this important two year effort. Thank you very much.

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