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[37] Again, the same remark will seem freedom of speech in one's mouth, madness in another's, and arrogance in a third. We laugh at the words used by Thersites1 to Agamemnon; but put them in the mouth of Diomede or some other of his peers, and they will seem the expression of a great spirit. “Shall I regard you as consul,” said Lucius Crassus2 to Phililppus, “when you refuse to [p. 177] regard me as a senator?” That was honourable freedom of speech, and yet we should not tolerate such words from everybody's lips.

1 Il. ii. 225.

2 De Or. iii. 1.

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