As for the speakers who will
support him, their object, I swear, is not so much to oblige him as to insult
me, owing to the personal quarrel which that man there1
says that I have with himself.
He insists that it is so, whether I admit it or not; but he is wrong. Too much
success is apt sometimes to make people overbearing. For when I, after all that
I have suffered, do not admit that he is my enemy, while he will not accept my
disclaimer, but even confronts me in another's quarrel, and is prepared now to
mount the platform and demand that I shall even forfeit my claim to that
protection which the laws afford to all, is it not clear that he has grown
overbearing and is too powerful to suit the interests of each one of us?