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[29] “What harm,” he asks, “can befall Gaius Marius from this case since he lacks life and sensation?” Is that really so? Would Gaius Marius have spent his life amid so many travails and dangers, if he had entertained in his mind and hopes concerning himself and his glory nothing further than required by the boundaries of his life? In that case, I suppose, after he routed countless hordes of the enemy in Italy and freed the Republic from siege, he believed everything would die with him? It is not so, Roman citizens. Not one of us engages in the perils of the Republic in praiseworthy and courageous ways without being led by the hope of rewards from posterity. And so, for many other reasons does it seem to me that the minds of good men are divine and eternal, but one reason stands before all, namely, that the spirit of every best and wisest man has such feeling for the future that it seems to do nothing but contemplate the sempiternal.

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