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[59] And, in making them even in such cases, the rule of the golden mean is best. 1 To be sure, Lucius Philippus, the son of Quintus, a man of great ability and unusual renown, used to [p. 233] make it his boast that without giving any entertainments he had risen to all the positions looked upon as the highest within the gift of the state. Cotta could say the same, and Curio. I, too, may make this boast my own—to a certain extent;2 for in comparison with the eminence of the offices to which I was unanimously elected at the earliest legal age— and this was not the good fortune of any one of those just mentioned—the outlay in my aedileship was very inconsiderable.

1 The golden mean is best.

2 The saving clause is added, because Cicero never filled the office of Censor.

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