For it is impossible that I should be defeated by wicked
sentiments and measures,—by good ones perhaps I might be, and I
willingly would be.
Some people are vexed that the Roman people should see, and take notice of, and
form their opinion on these matters. Was it possible for men not to form their
opinion of each individual as he deserved? For as the Roman people form a most
correct judgment of the entire senate, thinking that at no period in the history
of the republic was this order ever more firm or more courageous; so also they
all inquire diligently concerning every individual among us; and especially in
the case of those among us who deliver our sentiments at length in this place,
they are anxious to know what those sentiments are; and in that way they judge
of each one of us, as they think that he deserves.