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A Man that will head the Mob is like a Bull let loose, tyed about with Squibs and Crackers. He must be half mad that goeth about it, yet at sometimes shall be too hard for all the wise Men in a Kingdom: For though good Sense speaketh against Madness, yet it is out of Countenance whenever it meets it. It would be a greater Reproach to the People that their Favour is short-liv’d, if their Malice was not so too. The Thoughts of the People have no regular Motion, they come out by Starts. There is an accumulative Cruelty in a number of Men, though none in particular are ill-natured.

I can make no other Definition of a true Fundamental than this: viz. That whatever a Man hath a desire to do or to hinder, if he hath uncontested and irresistable Power to effect it, that he will certainly do it. If he thinketh he hath that Power, though he hath it not, he will certainly go about it. Some would define a Fundamental to be the settling the Laws of Nature and common Equity in such a sort as that they may be well administered: even in this case there can be nothing fixed, but it must vary for the Good of the whole.

His Affability was a Part, and perhaps not the least, of his Wit. It is a Quality that must not always spring from the Heart, Mens Pride, as well as their Weakness, maketh them ready to be deceived by it: They are more ready to believe it a Homage paid to their Merit, than a Bait thrown out to deceive them. Princes have a particular Advantage. There was at first as much of Art as Nature in his Affability, but by Habit it became Natural. It is an Error of the better hand, but the Universality taketh away a good deal of the Force of it.

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