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because it is buying of protection, and acknowledg- PART 1. ing of power. To give little gifts, is to dishonour; because it is but alms, and signifies an opinion of To honour and the need of small helps.
To be sedulous in promoting another's good ; also to flatter, is to honour; as a sign we seek his protection or aid. To neglect, is to dishonour.
To give way, or place to another, in any commodity, is to honour ; being a confession of greater power. To arrogate, is to dishonour.
To show any sign of love, or fear of another, is to honour; for both to love, and to fear, is to value. To contemn, or less to love or fear, than he expects, is to dishonour ; for it is undervaluing.
To praise, magnify, or call happy, is to honour ; because nothing but goodness, power, and felicity is valued. To revile, mock, or pity, is to dishonour.
To speak to another with consideration, to appear before him with decency, and humility, is to honour him ; as signs of fear to offend. To speak to him rashly, to do any thing before him obscenely, slovenly, impudently, is to dishonour.
To believe, to trust, to rely on another, is to honour him ; sign of opinion of his virtue and power. To distrust, or not believe, is to dishonour.
To hearken to a man's counsel, or discourse of what kind soever is to honour ; as a sign we think him wise, or eloquent, or witty. To sleep, or go forth, or talk the while, is to dishonour.
To do those things to another, which he takes for signs of honour, or which the law or custom makes so, is to honour; because in approving the honour done by others, he acknowledgeth the power which others acknowledge. To refuse to do them, is to dishonour.
To agree with in opinion, is to honour ; as being
a sign of approving his judgment, and wisdom. To honour and To dissent, is dishonour, and an upbraiding of
error ; and, if the dissent be in many things, of folly.
To imitate, is to honour ; for it is vehemently to approve. To imitate one's enemy, is to dishonour.
To honour those another honours, is to honour hini ; as a sign of approbation of his judgment. To honour his enemies, is to dishonour him.
To employ in counsel, or in actions of difficulty, is to honour ; as a sign of opinion of his wisdom, or other power. To deny employment in the same cases, to those that seek it, is to dishonour.
All these ways of honouring, are natural ; and as well within, as without commonwealths. But in commonwealths, where he, or they that have the supreme authority, can make whatsoever they please, to stand for signs of honour, there be other honours.
A sovereign doth honour a subject, with whatsoever title, or office, or employment, or action, that he himself will have taken for a sign of his will to honour him.
The king of Persia, honoured Mordecai, when he appointed he should be conducted through the streets in the king's garment, upon one of the king's horses, with a crown on his head, and a prince before him, proclaiming, thus shall it be done to him that the king will honour. And yet another king of Persia, or the same another time, to one that demanded for some great service, to wear one of the king's robes, gave him leave so to do; but with this addition, that he should wear it as the king's fool; and then it was dishonour. So that of civil
honour, the fountain is in the person of the commonwealth, and dependeth on the will of the sovereign; and is therefore temporary, and called civil honour ; such as magistracy, offices, titles; and in some places coats and scutcheons painted : and men honour such as have them, as having so many signs of favour in the commonwealth ; which favour is power.
Honourable is whatsoever possession, action, or Honourable. quality, is an argument and sign of power.
And therefore to be honoured, loved, or feared of many, is honourable ; as arguments of power. To be honoured of few or none, dishonourable.
Dominion, and victory is honourable ; because acquired by power; and servitude, for need, or fear, is dishonourable.
Good fortune, if lasting, honourable ; as a sign of the favour of God. Ill fortune, and losses, dishonourable. Riches, are honourable ; for they are power. Poverty, dishonourable. Magnanimity, liberality, hope, courage, confidence, are honourable ; for they proceed from the conscience of power. Pusillanimity, parsimony, fear, diffidence, are dishonourable.
Timely resolution, or determination of what a man is to do, is honourable ; as being the contempt of small difficulties, and dangers. And irresolution, dishonourable ; as a sign of too much valuing of little impediments, and little advantages : for when a man has weighed things as long as the time permits, and resolves not, the difference of weight is but little ; and therefore if he resolve not, he overvalues little things, which is pusillanimity.
All actions, and speeches, that proceed, or seem to proceed, from much experience, science, discre
PART 1. tion, or wit, are honourable ; for all these are
powers. Actions, or words that proceed from Honourable & error, ignorance, or folly, dishonourable.
Gravity, as far forth as it seems to proceed from a mind employed on something else, is honourable; because employment is a sign of power. But if it seem to proceed from a purpose to appear grave, it is dishonourable. For the gravity of the former, is like the steadiness of a ship laden with merchandize ; but of the latter, like the steadiness of a ship ballasted with sand, and other trash.
To be conspicuous, that is to say, to be known, for wealth, office, great actions, or any eminent good, is honourable ; as a sign of the power for which he is conspicuous. On the contrary, obscurity, is dishonourable.
To be descended from conspicuous parents, is honourable ; because they the more easily attain the aids, and friends of their ancestors. On the contrary, to be descended from obscure parentage, is dishonourable.
Actions proceeding from equity, joined with loss, are honourable ; as signs of magnanimity : for magnanimity is a sign of power. On the contrary, craft, shifting, neglect of equity, is dishonourable.
Covetousness of great riches, and ambition of great honours, are honourable; as signs of power to obtain them. Covetousness, and ambition, of little gains, or preferments, is dishonourable.
Nor does it alter the case of honour, whether an action, so it be great and difficult, and consequently a sign of much power, be just or unjust : for honour consisteth only in the opinion of power. Therefore the ancient heathen did not think they dishonoured, but greatly honoured the Gods, when
they introduced them in their poems, committing PART I. rapes, thefts, and other great, but unjust, or unclean acts: insomuch as nothing is so much cele- Honourable & brated in Jupiter, as his adulteries; nor in Mercury, as his frauds, and thefts: of whose praises, in a hymn of Homer, the greatest is this, that being born in the morning, he had invented music at noon, and before night, stolen away the cattle of Apollo, from his herdsmen.
Also amongst men, till there were constituted great commonwealths, it was thought no dishonour to be a pirate, or a highway thief; but rather a lawful trade, not only amongst the Greeks, but also amongst all other nations ; as is manifest by the histories of ancient time. And at this day, in this part of the world, private duels are, and always will be honourable, though unlawful, till such time as there shall be honour ordained for them that refuse, and ignominy for them that make the challenge. For duels also are many times effects of courage; and the ground of courage is always strength or skill, which are power; though for the most part they be effects of rash speaking, and of the fear of dishonour, in one, or both the combatants'; who engaged by rashness, are driven into the lists to avoid disgrace.
Scutcheons, and coats of arms hereditary, where Coats of arms. they have any eminent privileges, are honourable ; otherwise not : for their power consisteth either in such privileges, or in riches, or some such thing as is equally honoured in other men. This kind of honour, commonly called gentry, hath been derived from the ancient Germans. For there never was any such thing known, where the German customs