I may also add the words used by
Cicero in a letter1
to Caerellia to explain why he
endured the supremacy of Caesar so patiently:
“These ills must either be endured with the courage
of Cato or the stomach2
of Cicero,” for here again the
word “stomach” has a spice of humour in it. I felt
that I ought not to conceal my feelings on this point.
If I am wrong in my views, I shall not, at any rate,
lead my readers astray, since I have stated the opposite view as well, which they are at liberty to adopt
if they prefer it.
IV. With regard to the principles to be observed
in forensic debate,3
it might seem that I should
delay such instructions until I had finished dealing
with all the details of continuous speaking, since
such debates come after the set speeches are done.
But since the art of debate turns on invention alone,
does not admit of arrangement, has little need for
the embellishments of style, and makes no large
demand on memory or delivery, I think that it will
not be out of place to deal with it here before I
proceed to the second of the five parts,4
since it is
entirely dependent on the first. Other writers have
omitted to deal with it on the ground perhaps that
they thought the subject had been sufficiently covered
by their precepts on other topics.