“… [W]e are already in good part arrived, and yet from such a steep disadvantage of tyranny and superstition grounded into our principles as was beyond the manhood of a Roman recovery, it will be attributed first, as is most due, to the strong assistance of God, our deliverer; next, to your faithful guidance and undaunted wisdom, lords and commons of England.”
- Liberty comes from God, so men should try and protect it.
- Good men are the laborers of God.
“… [T]here being three principal things, without which all praising is but courtship and flattery: first, when that only is praised which is solidly worth praise; next, when greatest likelihoods are brought that such things are truly and really in those persons to whom they are ascribed; the other, when he who praises, by showing that to such his actual persuasion is of whom he writes, can demonstrate that he flatters not …”
- What is worthy of praise?
- Praise attributes that are really there.
- The praise that you give needs to have proof that what you praise should be praised.
“For he who freely magnifies what hath been nobly done, And fears not to declare as freely what might be done better, And fears not to declare as freely what might be done better, Gives ye the best covenant of his Fidelity…”
“… [F]or though I should a firm and hold by argument, that it would be fare better with truth, with learning and the Commonwealth, if one of your published orders, which I should name, we’re called in… whenas private persons are hereby animated to think he better pleased with public advice, then other statists have been delivered heretofore with public flattery.”
- You can tell a person’s level of organization by how well they take constructive criticism or real criticism.
~ Peri Kelley