But let us say no more of your profligacy and debauchery. There are things which
it is not possible for me to mention with honor; but you are all the more free
for that, inasmuch as you have not scrupled to be an actor in scenes which a
modest enemy can not bring himself to mention.
Mark now, O conscript fathers, the rest of his life, which I will touch upon
rapidly. For my inclination hastens to arrive at those things which he did in
the time of the civil war, amid the greatest miseries of the republic and at
those things which he does every day. And I beg of you, though they are far
better known to you than they are to me, still to listen attentively, as you are
doing to my relation of them. For in such cases as this, it is not the mere
knowledge of such actions that ought to excite the mind, but the recollection of
them also. Although we must at once go into the middle of them, lest otherwise
we should be too long in coming to the end.