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[2] He practised also the kind of speaking which is effective with a multitude, deeming it right that in political philosophy, as in a great city, a certain warlike element should also be maintained. However, he did not perform his exercises in company with others, nor did any one ever hear him rehearsing a speech. Indeed, to one of his companions who said, ‘Men find fault with thee, Cato, for thy silence,’ he replied: ‘Only let them not blame my life. I will begin to speak when I am not going to say what were better left unsaid.’

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