One man's delay alone restored our State:
He valued safety more than mob's applause;
Hence now his glory more resplendent grows.
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1 This law was proposed by M. Cincius Alimentus in 204 B.C. and prohibited lawyers from receiving fees from clients and the rich from receiving gifts from the poor for services. Cato's irrelevant digression here is a happy illustration of Cicero's art in impressing us with Cato's age.
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