Among Us You Can Dwell No Longer

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Marcus Tullius Cicero
‘Among us you can dwell no longer’
Delivered in the Roman Senate, 63 BC
1. When, O Catiline, do you mean to cease abusing our patience? How long is that
madness of yours still to mock us? When is there to be an end of that unbridled
audacity of yours, swaggering about as it does now? Do not the nightly guards placed
on the Palatine Hill; do not the watches posted throughout the city; does not the alarm
of the people, and the union of all good men; does not the precaution taken of
assembling the senate in this most defensible place; do not the looks and
countenances of this venerable body here present, have any effect upon you? Do you
not feel that your plans are detected? Do you not see that your conspiracy is already
arrested and rendered powerless by the knowledge which every one here possesses of
it? What is there that you did last night, what the night before; where is it that you were;
who was there that you summoned to meet you; what design was there which was
adopted by you, with which you think that any one of us is unacquainted?
Shame on the age and on its principles! The senate is aware of these things; the
consul sees them; and yet this man lives. Lives! aye, he comes even into the senate.
He takes a part in the public deliberations; he is watching and marking down and
checking off for slaughter every individual...