Why does Caesar in act 1, scene 2, of Julius Caesar think that Cassius is dangerous?

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Julius Caesar is an excellent judge of character, but he doesn't always heed his own shrewd assessment of others and protect himself from those who might do him harm. Caesar prefers to put up a public facade of fearless self-confidence.

In act 1, scene 2, of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Caesar remarks to Antony that Cassius "has a lean and hungry look":

CAESAR. He thinks too much; such men are dangerous. (1.2.201)

Antony thinks that Caesar is simply making an offhand remark or a joke about Cassius's slender physical appearance, and Antony patronizes him:

ANTONY. Fear him not, Caesar; he's not dangerous;
He is a noble Roman and well given. (1.2.202–203)

At first, Caesar, too, laughs it off ("I wish he were fatter!"), but then he gets serious. Caesar confides in Antony that if he was to fear anyone, it could be Cassius:

CAESAR. He reads much,
He is a great observer, and he looks
Quite through the deeds of men. (1.2.207–209)

Caesar give Cassio...

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