I have noticed, O conscript fathers, that
some people have said before now, that even Brutus is too much extolled by me,
that Cassius is too much extolled; and that by this proposition of mine absolute
power and quite a principality is conferred upon Cassius. Whom do I extol? Those
who are themselves the glory of the republic. What? have I not at all times
extolled Decimus Brutus whenever I have delivered my opinion at all? Do you then
find fault with me? or should I rather praise the Antonii, the disgrace and
infamy not only of their own families, but of the Roman name? or should I speak
in favor of Censorinus, an enemy in time of war, an assassin in time of peace?
or should I collect all the other ruined men of that band of robbers? But I am
so far from extolling those enemies of tranquillity, of concord, of the laws, of
the courts of justice, and of liberty, that I cannot avoid hating them as much
as I love the republic.