The next question is about honors. And to this point I perceive that I must speak
next. But I will preserve the same order in paying respect to brave men, that is
usually preserved in asking their opinions.
Let us, therefore, according to the usages of our ancestors, begin with Brutus,
the consul elect; and, to say nothing of his former conduct,—which has
indeed been most admirable, but still such as has been praised by the individual
judgments of men, rather than by public authority,—what words can we
find adequate to his praise at this very time? For such great virtue requires no
reward except this one of praise and glory; and even if it were not to receive
that, still it would be content with itself, and would rejoice at being laid up
in the recollection of grateful citizens, as if it were placed in the full
light. The praise then of our deliberate opinion, and of our testimony in his
favor, must be given to Brutus.