Reform therefore, without bravery, or scandal of former times and persons; but yet set it down to thyself, as well to create good precedents, as to follow them.
Reduce things to the first institution, and observe wherein, and how, they have degenerate; but yet ask counsel of both times; of the ancient time, what is best; and of the latter time, what is fittest.
Seek to make thy course regular, that men may know beforehand, what they may expect; but be not too positive and peremptory; and express thyself well, when thou digressest from thy rule.
Preserve the right of thy place; but stir not questions of jurisdiction; and rather assume thy right, in silence and de facto, than voice it with claims, and challenges.
It is an assured sign of a worthy and generous spirit, whom honor amends.
For honor is, or should be, the place of virtue and as in nature, things move violently to their place, and calmly in their place, so virtue in ambition is violent, in authority settled and calm.
Merit and good works, is the end of man’s motion; and conscience of the same is the accomplishment of man’s rest.
For if a man can be partaker of God’s theatre, he shall likewise be partaker of God’s rest.
Illi mors gravis incubat, qui notus nimis omnibus, ignotus moritur sibi.
In place, there is license to do good, and evil; whereof the latter is a curse: for in evil the best condition is not to will; the second, not to can.