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The Strength of a King, is the Friendship and Love of his people. Hermes
It is a great Happiness to the People, to have a righteous Prince; and it is a great Corruption unto them, to have a corrupt and vicious Ruler. Aristotle.
Rulé and Authority in a good Man, do publish his Vertue, which before lay hid; in an evil Man, they admi-. nifter Boldness and Licence to do evil. Democritus.
Like as the Sun is all one both to Poor and Rich ; fo ought a Prince to have refpect, not to the Perfon, but the Matter. Plato.. : This may be a Proof that thou hast reigned well, if thy. Subjects increase in Modesty and Riches under thy Goo. vernment: For good Laws, Justice, and good Example of Life, make Subjects better; and Prudence, joyned with Strength, richer. Ifocrates to : Nicocles.
Tyranny in Princes ought ever to be had in extreme Deteftation. Alex.. Severuso. Among many Vertues belonging
únto Princes, none is fo properly Good, or fo Honourable and Princely, as timely to help Supplicants, to comfort those that are afflicted under them, and to deliver Men from Danger in their Distress. Cicero.
To Overcome, is an Humane thing; but to Pardon, is Divine. Mar. Aurel,
Counsel is the Key of Certainty. Plato.
It is to be diligently noted, that every Counsel is to be proved by three things principally, (viz.) that it be Righteous, that it be Good, that it stand with Honesty. Socrates.
The Office of a wisé Man is to discern what is good and honest, and to fun what is dishonest. Socrates.,
He is to be counted a good Counfellor, who, while he consulteth in doubtful Måtter, is void of all Hate, Friendship, Displeasure, or Pity. Aug. Cæfar,
A wife Man ought to take Counsel, for fear of mixing his Wil with his Wit Socrates. In
He is an unjust Judge, who doth things either of Envy, or of Fa. vour.
True Philosophy, is to know and pra&ise, both privately and publickIy, those things that are honest and just'; and this is that which teacheth us to govern both Domestical and Civil Affairs, with Temperance and Jušice. Socrates.
Both Hatred, Love, and Covetous. ness, cause Judges oft-times to forget Truth, and leave undone the true Execution of their due and straight. Charge. Aristotle.
Justice, property, is nothing else, than a Conformity of all things in the Reasonable Creature to the Law of God's Mind; by which it commandeth, that God be loved above all Things, and that a Man love his Neighbour as himself. Mar. Celf.
Nothing ought to be promised, which should be in any wise contrary to Justice. Tullius.
Justice is a Measure, which God hath ordain'd upon the Earth, to defend the Feeble from the Mighty, and the True from the Untrue. Plate.
Justice exalteth the People: But Permission to Sin, maketh the People most wretched and miferable. Phil. Kex.
It is a Just and Righteous thing, that he that willingly draweth to Sin, against his Will should be drawn to Punishment. Mar. Aurel.
A Law-maker ought to be Godly, Learned, and Wise; and such an one as hath been subject to others Laws, Plato.
What is Justice; but Godliness ! and what is Godliness, but the Knowa ledge of God. our Father ! Yet, in respect of us, Justice is commonly taken for an equal Distribution of Right, and Law. La£tantims.
If we purpose to exercise Jukice perfe&ly, we must make no difference of Men, in respect of. Friendship, Kindred, Riches, Poverty, or Digni,
No Man ought to commit any unjust A&, how small so ever it be, for any Profit which he may hope to have by it, for all the Treasures of the Earth are not to be compared to the least Vertue of the Soul. Socrates.
Laws are nothing else than Rules of Justice, whereby is commanded what should be done, and what ought not to be done. Alex. Sev.
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Gusmane Whatsoever is Righteous in the Law of Man, the fame is alfo Rightea ous in the Law of God: For every Law that by Man is made, must ever be agreeable to the Law of God; and therefore the Laws of Princes, the Commandments of Prelates, the Staa tutes of Cammonalties, ---are neither Righteous nor Obligatory, unless they be aptly agreeable to the Law of God; for by it is only known to whom Right belongeth in any respect, and whereunto also Justice orderly beareth his full force and fway. Tulius metus force
The Law of God is left unto all Posterities, to touch the Confciences of all Men, without respect to any Horace. - " It shall be expedient for Governors to have in Remembrance, that when (according to the Laws) they do punish Offenders, they themselves be not moved with Wrath, but be like to the Laws, which are provoked to punish, not by Wrath or Difpleasure, but only by Equity. Tullius.
Law is the Queen of Morality.