But before Cineas was done, Fabricius cried out and said:
‘0 Hercules, may Pyrrhus and the Samnites cherish these doctrines, as long as they are at war with us.’
Thus Pyrrhus was led to admire the high spirit and character of the man, and was all the more eager to have friendship with his city instead of waging war against it; he even privately invited him, in case he brought about the settlement, to follow his fortunes and share his life as the first and foremost of all his companions and generals. But Fabricius, as we are told, said quietly to him:
‘Nay, 0 King, this would not be to thy advantage; for the very men who now admire and honour thee, if they should become acquainted with me, would prefer to have me as their king rather than thee.’ Such a man was Fabricius.