Ponder on this--on these convictions, on these words: fix thine eyes on these examples, if thou would be free, if thou hast thine heart set upon the matter
according to its worth. And what marvel if thou purchase so great a thing at so great and high a price?
For the sake of this that men deem liberty, some hang themselves, others cast themselves down from the rock; aye, time has been when whole cities came utterly to an
end: while for the sake of Freedom that is true, and sure, and unassailable, dost thou grudge to God what He gave, when He claims it?
Wilt thou not study, as Plato says, to endure, not death alone, but torture, exile, stripes--in a word, to render up all that is not thine own? Else thou wilt be a slave amid slaves, were thou ten thousand times a consul; aye, not a whit the less, though thou climb the Palace steps.
And thou shalt know how true the saying of Cleanthes, that though the words of philosophers may run counter to the opinions of the world, yet have they reason on their side.