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1. It is: 1st. Active. 2d. Passive.
Active Private Good.
2. Active is preferable to passive private good.
Vita sine proposito languida et vaga est.
2213. Duties are: 1st. Common to all men. 2d. Peculiar
to professions or particular pursuits...... 222
4. The duties common to all men has been excellently laboured.
5. The duties respecting particular professions have, of necessity, been investigated diffusedly.
3. Active private good has not an identity with the 6. A knowledge of the impostures of professions is
good of society...
Passive Private Good.
4. It is: 1st. Conversative. 2d. Perfective.
Good Perfective ....
5. Good perfective is of a higher nature than good conversative.
Man's approach or assumption to divine or angelical nature is the perfection of his form. 6. The imitation of perfection is the tempest of life.1
As those which are sick, and find no remedy, do tumble up and down and change place, as if by a remove local they could obtain a remove internal; so is it with men in ambition, when, failing of the means to exalt their nature, they are in a perpetual estuation to exalt their place.
8. It is the most simple, but lowest good.
9. Good conversative consists in the steadiness and intensity of the enjoyment.
10. Doubts whether felicity results most from the steadiness or intensity.
The sophist saying that Socrates's felicity was the felicity of a block or stone; and Socrates saying that the sophist's felicity was the felicity of one that had the itch, who did nothing but itch and scratch.
As we see, upon the lute or like instrument,
incident to the knowledge of professional duties, and is deficient.
As the fable goeth of the basilisk, that if he see you first, you die for it; but if you see him first, he dieth: so is it with deceits and evil arts; which, if they be first espied, they lose their life; but if they prevent, they endanger.
We are much beholden to Machiavel and others, that write what men do, and not what they ought to do. For it is not possible to join serpentine wisdom with the columbine innocency, except men know exactly all the conditions of the serpent; his baseness and going upon his belly, his volubility and lubricity, his envy and sting, and the rest; that is, all forms and natures of evil: for without this, virtue lieth open and unfenced.
7. To this subject appertains the duties of husband and wife, parent and child, friendship, gratitude, &c.
8. This knowledge concerning duties considers comparative duties.
We see in the proceeding of Lucius Brutus against his own sons, which was so much extolled; yet what was said?
"Infelix, utcunque ferent ea fata minores." Men must pursue the things which are just in present, and leave the future to the Divine Providence.
THE CULTURE OF THE MIND
a ground, though it be sweet and have show 1. Inquiry must be made not only of the nature of
of many changes, yet breaketh not the hand to such strange and hard stops and passages, as a set song or voluntary; much after the same manner was the diversity between a philosophical and a civil life. And therefore men are to imitate the wisdom of jewellers; who, if there be a grain, or a cloud, or an ice which may be ground forth without taking too much of the stone, they help it; but if it should lessen and abate the stone too much, they will not meddle with it: so ought men so to procure serenity as they destroy not magnanimity.
1. It is duty, and relates to a mind well framed towards others.
2. Error in confusing this science with politics.
As in architecture the direction of framing
virtue, but how it may be attained.
An exhibition of the nature of good without considering the culture of the mind, seemeth to be no better than a fair image, or statue, which is beautiful to contemplate, but is without life and motion.
Morality should be the handmaid of divinity. 3. We ought to cast up our account, what is in our power and what not...... 224
The husbandman cannot command, neither the nature of the earth, nor the seasons of the weather; no more can the physician the constitution of the patient, nor the variety of accidents: so in the culture and cure of the mind of man, two things are without our command; points of nature, and points of fortune; for to the basis of the one, and the conditions of the other, our work is limited and tied.
Of Men's Natures, or Inherent Dispositions.
the posts, beams, and other parts of building, 4. The foundation of the culture of the mind is the
is not the same with the manner of joining them and erecting the building; and in mechanicals, the direction how to frame an instrument or engine is not the same with the manner of setting it on work and employing it, so the doctrine of conjugation of men in society differeth from that of their conformity thereunto.
1 Q. Is not this the difference between the love of excelling and the love of excellence?
knowledge of its nature.
There are minds which are proportioned tv great matters, and others to small.
There are minds proportioned to intend many matters, and others to few.
Some minds are proportioned to that which may be despatched at once, or within a short return of time; others to that which begins afar off, and is to be won with length of pur
There is a disposition in conversation to 14. Of the powers of books and studies upon the soothe and please; and a disposition contrary
to contradict and cross.
There is a disposition to take pleasure in the good of another.
5. This subject has been negligently inquired by moralists, with some beauty by astrologers, and by words in relations.
History, poesy, and daily experience are as goodly fields where these observations grow; whereof we make a few posies to hold in our hands, but no man bringeth them to the confectionary, that receipts might be made of them for the use of life.
6. Natural and accidental impressions should be noted.
7. Inquiry should be made of the affections.
Is not the opinion of Aristotle worthy to be regarded, wherein he saith," That young men are no fit auditors of moral philosophy, because they are not settled from the boiling heat of their affections, nor attempered with time and experience ?”
But is it not true also, that much less young men are fit auditors of matters of policy, till they have been thoroughly seasoned in religion and morality; lest their judgments be corrupted, and made apt to think that there are no true differences of things but according to utility and fortune ? 3
There should be caution lest moral instruction make men too precise, arrogant, and incompatible..
The minds of all men are at some times in a more perfect, and at other times in a more depraved
The fixation of good times...
The obliteration of bad times
As the ancient politicians in popular states 16. were wont to compare the people to the sea, and the orators to the winds; because, as the sea would of itself be calm and quiet, if the winds did not move and trouble it; so the people would be peaceable and tractable, if | the seditious orators did not set them in working and agitation: so it may be fitly said, that the mind in the nature thereof would be temperate and stayed, if the affections, as winds, did not put it into tumult and perturbation.
8. This subject has been investigated by Aristotle, and by the Stoics, and in different scattered works; but the poets and historians are the masters of the passions.
9. Of the opposition of passions to each other.
The Origin of the Mind........ 226 10. Inquiries should be made of custom, exercise, habit, education, friendship, &c.
Of Custom and Habit.
11. Aristotle's error in stating too generally that those things which are natural cannot be changed.
12. Virtues and vices consist in habits.
13. Precepts for the formation of habits.1
1. Beware that at the first a task be taken neither too high nor too weak.2
2. Practise all things at two seasons; when the mind is best disposed and when it is worst disposed.
By the one you may gain a great step; by the other you may work out the knots and stonds of the mind, and make the middle times the more easy and pleasant.
3. Ever bear toward the contrary extreme of that to which you are inclined. Like unto the rowing against the stream, or making a wand straight by bending him contrary to his natural crookedness.
4. The mind is brought to anything with more sweetness; if that whereunto 'we pretend be not first in the intention, but tanquam aliud agendo.
The golden rule of life is to choose right ends of life, and agreeing to virtue, and such as may be, in a reasonable sort, within our compass to attain.
As when a carver makes an image, he shapes only that part whereupon he worketh, (as if he be upon the face, that part which shall be the body is but a rude stone still, till such time as he comes to it ;) but, contrariwise, when nature makes a flower or living creature, she formeth rudiments of all the parts at one time: so in obtaining virtue by habit, while a man practiseth temperance, he doth not profit much to fortitude, nor the like; but when he dedicateth and applieth himself to good ends, what virtue soever the pursuit and passage towards those ends doth commend unto him, he is invested of a precedent disposition to conform himself thereunto. There is a sympathy between the good of the body and of the mind.
As we divided the good of the body into health, beauty, strength, and pleasure; so the good of the mind, inquired in rational and moral knowledges, tendeth to this, to make the mind sound, and without perturbation; beautiful, and graced with decency; and strong and agile for all duties of life.
MAN IN SOCIETY.
Reasons why ethics are in some respects more dif ficult than politics.. 228
1. Morality relates to man segregate: politics to man congregate.
Cato the censor said, "that the Romans were like sheep, for that a man might better drive a flock of them than one of them; for in a flock, if you could get but some few to go right, the rest would follow."
2. The object of morals is internal good; for policy external sufficeth.
3. States are not so suddenly subverted as individuals.... 228
States, as great engines, move slowly, and are not so soon put out of frame: for as in Egypt the seven good years sustained the seven
3 What says the morality of our universities to this opinion?
The open declaration of this is impolitic, being taken and used as spurs to industry, and not as stirrups to insolency, rather for resolution than for presumption or outward declaration, have been ever thought sound and good; and are, no question, imprinted in the greatest minds, who are so sensible of this opinion, as they can scarce contain it within.
3. Wisdom of conversation ought not to be too much 2. The knowledge of the advancement of life is deaffected, much less despised.
4. Of behaviour.
The sum of behaviour is to retain a man's own dignity, without intruding upon the liberty of others.
Behaviour seemeth to me as a garment of the mind, and to have the conditions of a garment. For it ought to be made in fashion; it ought not to be too curious; it ought to be shaped so as to set forth any good making of the mind, and hide any deformity; and above all, it ought not to be too strait, or restrained for exercise or motion.
5. Evils of too much attention to behaviour.
1. The danger of affectation.
2. Waste of time.
231 3. The investigation of this subject concerns learning, both in honour and in substance.
Pragmatical men should not go away with an opinion that learning is like a lark, that can mount, and sing, and please herself, and nothing else; but may know that she holdeth as well of the hawk, that can soar aloft, and can also descend and strike upon the prey.
It is the perfect law of inquiry of truth, "that nothing be in the globe of matter, which should not be likewise in the globe of crystal, or form;" that is, that there be not any thing in. being and action, which should not be drawn and collected into contemplation and doctrine.
3. Waste of mind, and checking aspirings to 4. Learning esteems the architecture of fortune as of higher virtues.
4. Retarding action.
an inferior work....
5. This doctrine is reducible to science. Precepts respecting this knowledge.
6. The knowledge of conversation is not deficient. 229 6.
1. This knowledge, to the derogation of learning, hath not been collected into writing.
Of the three wisdoms which we have set down to pertain to civil life, for wisdom of behaviour, it is by learned men for the most part despised, as an inferior to virtue, and an enemy to meditation; for wisdom of government, they acquit themselves well when they are called to it, but that happeneth to few; but for the wisdom of business, wherein man's life is most conversant, there be no books of it, except some few scattered advertisements, that have no proportion to the magnitude of this subject.
2. This knowledge is reducible to precept, illustrated by the proverbs of Solomon... 229
7. The fundamental precept is to acquire knowledge of the particular motives by which those with whom we have to deal are actuated..... 232
Obtain that window which Momus did require: who seeing in the frame of man's heart such angles and recesses, found fault that there was not a window to look into them.
The sinews of wisdom are slowness of belief. General modes of acquiring a knowledge of
2. A good mediocrity in liberty of speech and secrecy: indulging rather in freedom of speech.
3. A watchful and serene habit of observing when acting.
10. Modes by which the knowledge of man is acquired. 1. By their faces.
2. By words.
3. By deeds.
5. Of discourses upon history of times, and upon lives, and upon letters..
4. By their natures.
5. By their ends.
6. By the relations of others.
KNOWLEDGE OF THE ADVANCEMENT OF LIFE.. 23111. More trust is to be given to countenances and
Like ants, which are wise creatures for 14. They are full of flattery. themselves, but very hurtful for the garden.
3. Faber quisque fortunæ propriæ.
Livy attributeth it to Cato the first, "in hoc viro tanto vis animi et ingenii inerat, ut quocunque loco natus esset, sibi ipse fortunam facturus videretur.”
15. Modes in which words disclose character.... 232 1. When sudden.
vino tortus et irâ,
2. From affections.
3. From counter simulation.
It is an error frequent for men to shoot over, and to suppose deeper ends, and more compass-reaches than are.i
2. Waste of ability.
3. Too sudden elation with applause.
The Art of Covering Defects...... 234 The art of covering defects is of as much importance as a dexterous ostentation of virtue.. 234 Modes of concealing defects.
19. Princes are best interpreted by their natures; pri- 34. A man should not dismantle himself by showing vate persons by their ends.
20. The variety and predominancy of affections are
to be estimated.
Of the Knowledge of Ourselves..... 233 36. 22. A man ought to make an exact estimate of his merits and defects: accounting these with the most, and those with the least.
Though men look oft in a glass, yet they do suddenly forget themselves.
Particular Considerations respecting Self-Knowledge. 23. The consonance, or dissonance of his constitution and temper with the times.
Tiberius was never seen in public. Augustus lived ever in men's eyes.
24. The adaptation of his nature to the different professions and courses of life.
25. The competitors in different professions; that the course may be taken where there is most solitude.
As Julius Cæsar did, who at first was an
26. In the choice of friends to consult similar nature.
In which error it seemeth Pompey was, of
The Art of Revealing a Man's Self.
28. From not properly revealing a man's self, the less able man is often esteemed before the more able.
29. The setting forth virtues, and covering defects is advantageous.. 234 30. Self-setting-forth requires art, lest it turn to arrogance.
too much dulceness, goodness, and facility of nature, without sparkles of liberty, spirit, and edge. The mind should be pliant and obedient to occasion.....
Nothing is more politic than to make the wheels of our mind concentric and voluble with the wheels of fortune.
Precepts for the architect of his own fortune.
1. He should not engage in too arduous mat
2. He should be able to plan and to execute 3. He should observe a good mediocrity in the declaring or not declaring himself. 235 4. He should judge of the proportion or value of things.
We shall find the logical part, as I may term it, of some men's minds good, but the mathematical part erroneous; that is, they can well judge of consequences, but not of proportions and comparisons, preferring things of show and sense before things of substance and effect.2
5. He should consider the order in which objects should be attained...
1. The mind should be amended.
2. Wealth and measure should be attained.3
3. Fame and reputation should be ac
Because of the peremptory tides and currents it hath; which, if they be not taken in their due time, are seldom recovered, it being extreme hard to play an after-game of reputation.4
2 Men run after the satisfaction of their sottish appetites,
2 Money brings honour, friends, conquest and realms:
To whom, thus Jesus patiently replied:
Bacon says, "God in the first day of creation made nothing but light, allowing one whole day to that work, without creating any material thing therein: so the experiments of
4 There are various sentiments similar to this in Shaks"There is a tide in the affairs of men," &c. So in Antony and Cleopatra.
• Neither give thou Æsop's cock a gem, who would be bet-light and not of profit should be first investigated.' ter pleased and happier if he had a barley-corn. The examples of God teaches the lesson truly: "He sendeth his rain, and maketh his sun to shine, upon the just and unjust:" but he doth not rain wealth, nor shine honour and virtues upon men equally: common benefits are to be communicated with all, but peculiar benefits with choice.-Bacon's Essay on Goodness and Goodness of Nature.
Who seeks and will not take when once 'tis offered,
The Advancement of Learning was published in 1605.
8. He should reserve a power to retreat. 237
9. He should be cautious in his friendships
"Et ama tanquam inimicus futurus, et odi
37. Fortunes may be obtained without precept.
6. Bacon intends a work in aphorisms upon universal justice.2
They come tumbling into some men's laps; and a number obtain good fortunes by diligence in a plain way, little intermeddling, and 7. keeping themselves from gross errors.
38. Of vicious precepts for self-advancement.... 237 39. The number of bad precepts for advancement in life is greater than good. 237
It is in life as it is in ways, the shortest way
40. In the pursuit of fortune, man ought to set before
It is to small purpose to have an erected face
42. The adopting vicious precepts cannot be tolerated by the intended good ends.
43. Fortune, like a woman, if too much wooed, is the further off... 238 44. Divinity points upwards to the kingdom of God: philosophy inwards to the goods of the mind. The human foundation hath somewhat of
ment of Learning in existence, with Shakspeare's autograph
The same sentiment is contained in the Essays. "It is usu
Of the laws of England...
The whole book is not much better than that noise or sound which musicians make while they are tuning their instruments; which is nothing pleasant to hear, but yet is a cause why the music is sweeter afterwards: so have I been content to tune the instruments of the muses, that they may play that have better hands.
Observations upon the prospects of the progress of knowledge.
1. It is the sabbath of all men's labours.
3. Sacred theology is grounded upon the oracle of God.
The Christain Faith, as in all things so in this, deserveth to be highly magnified; holding and preserving the golden mediocrity in this point between the law of the heathen and the law of Mahomet, which have embraced the two extremes. For the religion of the heathen had no constant belief or confession, but left all to the liberty of argument; and the religion of Mahomet, on the other side, interdicteth argument altogether: the one having the very face of error, and the other of imposture.
5. Uses of reason in spiritual matters.
1. In the conception of revealed mysteries. 2. In inferences from revelation
6. A treatise on the limits of reason in spiritual matters is wanting.
This would be an opiate to stay and bridle not only the vanity of curious speculations, wherewith the schools labour, but the fury of controversies, wherewith the church laboureth.
1. The matter revealed.
ally said of Fortune that she has locks before, but none behind." 7. Parts of divinity.
1 Events are not in our power; but it always is to make a
2. The nature of the revelation.. 241
See the Treatise "De Augmentis," where some progress
is made in this science, now nobly advanced, and advancing by the labours of Bentham.-(See note V.)