For we do not
reproach men of humble and insignificant natural gifts even when they commit a
dishonorable act, but to those who, like yourself, have attained distinction,
even a bit of negligence in some matter of high honor brings disgrace.1
Again, those who go astray in other domains fail
merely t make the best decision in some single, isolated matter, but those who
miss the right advice on the conduct of life, or scorn it, have reminders of
their own folly to live with their whole life long.