For I will never be induced
to believe that there are men who envy the consistency or diligence of others,
and who are indignant at the unceasing desire to assist the republic being
approved by the senate and people of Rome
. That is what we were all bound to do; and that was not
only in the time of our ancestors, but even lately, the highest praise of men of
consular rank, to be vigilant, to be anxious, to be always either thinking, or
doing, or saying something to promote the interests of the republic.