I ask, therefore, would
you rather have him like Brutus or like Antonius? and I will let you choose
whichever of the three Antonii you please. God forbid! you will say. Why, then,
do you not favor those men and praise those men whom you wish your own son to
resemble? For by so doing you will be both consulting the interests of the
republic, and proposing him an example for his imitation.
But in this instance, I hope, O Quintus Fufius, to be allowed to expostulate with
you, as a senator who greatly differs from you, without any prejudice to our
friendship. For you spoke in this matter, and that too from a written paper; for
I should think you had made a slip from want of some appropriate expression, if
I were not acquainted with your ability in speaking. You said “that
the letters of Brutus appeared properly and regularly expressed.” What
else is this than praising Brutus's secretary, not Brutus?