Cicero, Letters to His Brother Quintus
3.9.1-2 (tr. W. Glynn Williams):
of the trial, disgraceful and pernicious as it was, I
bore with unruffled equanimity. And that was a
blessing, which now, when all is done, redounds to
my advantage, in that I am not in the least disturbed
by these evils of the Republic, and the unbridled
excesses of shameless men, which used previously
to break my heart. For anything more corrupt
than the men and the times of to-day cannot be
And so, since no pleasure can be got out of politics,
I don't see why I should fret myself; I find a joy
in literature and my favourite pursuits, in the leisure
of my country houses, but most of all in our boys.
exitum iudici foedum et perniciosum levissime tuli.
quod quidem bonum mihi nunc denique redundat,
ut his malis reipublicae licentiaque audacium, qua
ante rumpebar, nunc ne movear quidem. nihil est
enim perditius his hominibus, his temporibus.
itaque, ex republica quoniam nihil iam voluptatis capi
potest, cur stomacher, nescio. litterae me, et studia
nostra et otium villaeque delectant, maximeque pueri