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[4] Nor did he know that one who undertakes public business must avoid above all things that self-will which, as Plato says,1 is the ‘companion of solitude’; must mingle with men, and be a lover of that submissiveness to injury which some people ridicule so much. But since he was ever a straightforward man and obstinate, and since he thought that conquest and mastery in all things and at all times was the prerogative of bravery, rather than of effeminate weakness (which breaks out in anger, like a swelling sore, from the troubled and wounded spirit), he event away full of indignation and bitterness towards the people.

1 In a letter to Dio (Epist. iv. ad fin).

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