Cato Maior, De Sumptu Suo fr. 173: Vide sis quo loco

by Tom Gardner

Vide sis quo loco re[s] p. siet, uti quod rei p. bene fecissem, unde gratiam capiebam, nunc idem illud memorare non audeo, ne invidiae siet. ita inductum est male facere inpoene, bene facere non inpoene licere.

See now, if you would, the condition the state is in, where, for fear of unpopularity, I dare not recall all the good I did for the state, from which I used to earn gratitude. So the practice has been introduced to allow one to do evil with impunity, but not to allow one to do good with impunity.