"As Caesar loved me, I weep for him; as he was fortunate, I rejoice at it; as he was valiant, I honour him; but, as he was ambitious, I slew him"

   From Brutus' speech to the assembled masses in William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar (circa-1599).  The play chronicles the events leading up to and following Caesar's assassination by a group of politicians, which Brutus helped perform and here attempts to defend.

 

Online text of the play at ‘MaximumEdge.com