is nothing more lovable than virtue, nothing that
more allures us to affection, since on account of
their virtue and uprightness we feel a sort of affection even for those whom we have never seen.
Is there anyone who does not dwell with some
kindly affection on the memory of Gaius Fabricius
and Manius Curius, though he never saw them?
On the other hand, is there anyone who does not
hate Tarquin the Proud, Spurius Cassius, or
Spurius Maelius? Against two leaders we had
bitter struggles for the empire of Italy-Pyrrhus
and Hannibal; for the former, because of his
uprightness, we have no great enmity; for the
latter, because of his cruelty,1
this State will always