Julius Caesar

by: William Shakespeare

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CASSIUS

But what of Cicero? Shall we sound him?
I think he will stand very strong with us.

CASSIUS

But what about Cicero? Should we see what he thinks? I think he will stand strong with us.

CASCA

Let us not leave him out.

CASCA

Let’s not leave him out.

CINNA

    No, by no means.

CINNA

No, by no means.

METELLUS

150O, let us have him, for his silver hairs
Will purchase us a good opinion
And buy men’s voices to commend our deeds.
It shall be said his judgment ruled our hands.
Our youths and wildness shall no whit appear,
155But all be buried in his gravity.

METELLUS

Yes, we should get his support, for his mature presence will make others think well of us and speak out in support of our actions. They’ll assume that Cicero, with his sound judgment, ordered the actions. His dignified maturity will distract attention from our youth and wildness.

BRUTUS

O, name him not. Let us not break with him,
For he will never follow anything
That other men begin.

BRUTUS

No, don’t even mention him. We shouldn’t tell him about our plans. He’ll never follow anything that other men have started.

CASSIUS

Then leave him out.

CASSIUS

Then leave him out.