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therefore I will do what I can to take them away here, where they have been too frequent, rather than to grant them where they never were used.
8. It may be I will love God more then I speake of, but I will be sure never to love him less, neither will add sinn to sinn, by cloaking the first.
9. I will never believe that man whose honesty relyes only upon oathes, nor that religion which depends only upon miracles.
10. You cannot name any example in any heathen author but I will better it in Scripture. 11. I love not one that will never be angry,
for he who is with sorrow, is without gladness, so he that is without anger, is without love; give me the heart of a man, and out of that all other his actions shall be acceptable.
12. The way to make vices less than they are, is to make punishments for them, greater than they deserve, for so the laws grow to contempt and to be neglected. Many words makes me distrust the matter, for I my selfe when I cannot do a man good, then give I many words to sattisfie, but when I can
I doe good, I use but few.
13. A learned Papist, and an ignorant, is of two religions.
14. The Papists religion, is like Homers Ilyades of the Seige of Troy, or Virgills Æniades of the beginning of Rome; both of them had a foundation
of truth : so hard the Papists the Byble, but they have adiled so much, that the first truth is almost lost. The preservation of the Bible is miraculous, that it should remain pure and intire after it had passed the hands of so many infidells which sought to destroy it, and of so many hereticks that sought to pervert it to their own avantage.
15. The devill when he cannot have the whole, seeks ever to get one part of the soule, either the will, or the understanding, which he may easiest come by; as in Protestants, the will; in Papists the understanding. I do not think the greatest clarks are nearest heaven ; much of their knowledge is superfluous, for Bellarmyne makes four hundred questions of faith, not ten of which toucheth our salvation to understand: we are not departed further from the church of Rome than they are from their first selves; the end of the law is to punish sinn, when it is committed ; (but to keep it from being committed it cannot;] as the Pope, who thinks by allowing fornication, to avoid adultery.
16. Noc indifferent gesture is so seldome done without sinn as laughing, for 'tis commonly raised, upon things to be pittyer, and therefore man only can laugh, and he only can sinn. There are degrees of men in respect of one another; in respect of God all are equall, all are to use like reverence to him, all are like beggers at Gods doore.
17. The Count of Gondemore the day he tooke his leave of the King at Greenwich, to go home for Spaine, upon the occasion of the match, his last words were to leave an impression of the advantages that would arise from that happy conjunction to both Kingdomnes in his maties breast, and therefore told what great things Spaine had done in Christendome, in the time of Phillip the Second, who in his latter dayes, being an infirm Prince, had at once to doc with the greatest Christian Princes, and how he of himselfe only, maintained wars in France, Germany, the Low Countryes, Hungary, and against the Turks, what a navy he sent into England, and after into Ireland, intending the totall conquest of them both, and yet he lost nothing of his own territories in all his life; so that England and Spaine being joyned by this match, might by the union of their powers give lawes to whole Christendome besides. The King made answer with a sober countenance, My Lord, it is true which you say, but it is a thing I have ever observed in every nation, each [have] their proper inclinations. Observe a Frenchman, and be he never so wise in his greatest affaires, within a short time he will fetch a slight frisk and be casting capriolls to shew himselfe a right Frenchman ; and consider a
l Spanyard, be he never so wise, grave, and temperate iu his treaties, before he leaves he will shew some odd rodomontado or other; and I take it, Sir,
(said the King you are of Galatia. The Embassailor comes to him and caught him in his arines transported with excess of laughing, and sware, per dies, he wold never forget that true and ingenious reply, and it should be the first thing he would aquaint the King his master with.
18. I should think it a signe that God loved me not, if I killed a man by chance.
19. I will not call those women whores that paint, I'le bolilly say 'tis the badge of a whore.
20. There are two things that keep a woman chast, conscience and honour; the one within, the other without.
21. Men in arguing are often carryed by the force of words further asınder than their questions was at
like two ships going out of the same haven, their landing is many times whole countryes distant.
22. All that ever wrote of Christ, said he was an honest man, they had so much naturall sight as to see his civill goodness, but they wanted the super naturall gift to see his Godheaul.
23. Any sinn doue in jest, is a greater offence than when it is done in earnest.
21. King Henry the Eighth was an ill natur'd Prince to execute so many whome he had so highly favour'd: I can never hate the person I have once placed my affection upon;
may hate some viccs of his, which may lessen my favour, but never bend
my heart against him, nor undoe him, unlesse he undoe himselfe.
25. God's decrees goes alwayes before his knowledge, for else would his knowledge exceed his power, but with man it is otherwysc; he must first know, and after decrec; the reason is, that which man knows is without him, and that which he doth is within himselfe, and is part of his own nature.
26. God hath called many from heresies to be teachers in the church, but never any ofa bad life, but only to a particular salvation ; for that is more against nature. Who denyes a thing he even now spake, is
. like him that looks in my face and picks my pocket.
27. In my conversation, there is two things which I ever took care of, I never in my life transgressed, to scandall a man's valour or honesty, nor a woman's chastity, unless I knew that by common fame.
28. To make women learned, and foxes tame, hath the saine operation, which teacheth them to steale more cuningly, but the possibility is not equall, for when it doth one good, it doth twenty harme.
29. I remember well the matter of a book, seldomo the
page ; the first is the memory of the rationall, the latter of the sensative soule,
30. I wonder not so much that women paint themselves, as that when they are painted, men can love thein.
31. In clothes, I would have the fashion choose the man,
and not a man the fashion.