“But, however, that
matter is not open for consideration now; an embassy has been
appointed.” But what is there which is not open for consideration to a
wise man, as long as it can be remodeled? Any man is liable to a mistake; but no
one but a downright fool will persist in error. For second thoughts, as people
say, are best. The mist which I spoke of just now is dispelled: light has
arisen: the case is plain: we see every thing, and that not by our own
acuteness, but we are warned by our friends.
You heard just now what was the statement made by a most admirable man. I found,
said he, his house, his wife, his children, all in great distress. Good men
marveled at me, my friends blamed me for having been led by the hope of peace to
undertake an embassy. And no wonder, O Publius Servilius. For by your own most
true and most weighty arguments Antonius was stripped, I do not say of all
dignity, but of even every hope of safety.