„Is it not better to die valiantly, than ignominiously to lose our wretched and dishonoured lives after being the sport of others’ insolence?“
Quoted in Sallust, Catiline's War, Book XX, pt. 9 (trans. J. C. Rolfe). Variant translation: Is it not better to die in a glorious attempt, than, after having been the sport of other men's insolence, to resign a wretched and degraded existence with ignominy?