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[155] “Would those statements,” says Cicero1 to Calidius, “have been delivered by you in such a manner if they had been true?” And again, “You were far from kindling our emotions. Indeed, at that point of your speech we could scarcely keep ourselves awake.” We must therefore reveal both confidence and firmness, above all, if we have the requisite authority to back them.

1 Brut. lxxx. 278.

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