First for their neighbors; there can no general rule be given for occasions are so variablesave one, which ever holdeth, which is, that princes do keep due sentinel, that none of their neighbors do ever grow so by increase of territory, by embracing of trade, by approaches, or the likeas they become more able to annoy them, than they were.
Vere magnum habere fragilitatem hominis, securitatem Dei. For nobility attempers sovereignty, and draws the eyes of the people, somewhat aside from the line royal.
Revenge triumphs over death; love slights it; honor aspireth to it; grief flieth to it; fear preoccupateth it; nay, we read, after Otho the emperor had slain himself, pity which is the tenderest of affections provoked many to die, out of mere compassion to their sovereign, and as the truest sort of followers.
Surely, as there are mountebanks for the natural body, so are there mountebanks for the politic body; men that undertake great cures, and perhaps have been lucky, in two or three experiments, but want the grounds of science, and therefore cannot hold out.
Cosmus, duke of Florence, had a desperate saying against perfidious or neglecting friends, as if those wrongs were unpardonable; You shall read saith he that we are commanded to forgive our enemies; but you never read, that we are commanded to forgive our friends.
For by that means, there be so many screens between him and envy.
Nay, retire men cannot when they would, neither will they, when it were reason; but are impatient of privateness, even in age and sickness, which require the shadow; like old townsmen, that will be still sitting at their street door, though thereby they offer age to scorn.
As for facility: it is worse than bribery.