First Published, A. D. MDCCL.
1. EVERY Man, by consulting his own Heart, may easily know whether he is or is not a Patriot. But it is not so easy for the Bystanders.
2. Being loud and vehement either against a Court, or for a Court, is no Proof of Patriotism.
3. A Man whose Passion for Money runs high, bids fair for being no Patriot. And he likewise whose Appetite is keen for Power.
4. A Native than a Foreigner, a married Man than a Bachelor, a Believer than an Infidel, have a better Chance for being Patriots.
5. It is impossible an Epicure should be a Patriot.
6. It is impossible a Man who cheats at Cards, or cogs the Dice, should be a Patriot.
7. It is impossible a Man who is false to his Friends and Neighbours should be true to the Public.
8. Every Knave is a thorough Knave. And a thorough Knave is a Knave throughout.
9. A Man who hath no Sense of God or Conscience: would you make such a one Guardian to your Child? if not, why Guardian to the State?
10. A Sot, a Beast, benummed and stupified by Excess, is good for nothing, much less to make a Patriot of.
11. A Fop or Man of Pleasure makes but a scurvy Patriot.
12. A sullen, churlish Man, who loves no Body, will hardly love his Country.
13. The Love of Praise and Esteem may do something: but to make a true Patriot there must be an inward Sense of Duty and Conscience.
14. Honesty (like other Things) grows from its proper Seed, good Principles early laid in the Mind.
15. To be a real Patriot, a Man must consider his Countrymen as God’s Creatures, and himself as accountable for his acting towards them.
16. If pro Aris et Focis be the Life of Patriotism, he who hath no Religion or no Home makes a suspected Patriot.
17. No Man perjures himself for the sake of Conscience.
18. There is an easy Way of reconciling Male-contents.—Sunt verba & voces quibus hunc lenire dolorem, &c.
19. A good Groom will rather stroke than strike.
20. He who saith there is no such Thing as an honest Man, you may be sure is himself a Knave.
21. I have no Opinion of your bumper Patriots. Some eat, some drink, some quarrel for their Country. MODERN PATRIOTISM!
22. Ibycus is a carking, griping, close-fisted Fellow. It is odds that Ibycus is not a Patriot.
23. We are not to think every clamorous Haranguer, or every splenetic Repiner against a Court, is therefore a Patriot.
24. A Patriot is one who heartily wisheth the public Prosperity, and doth not only wish, but also study and endeavour to promote it.
25. Gamesters, Fops, Rakes, Bullies, Stock-jobbers: alas! what Patriots?
26. Some Writers have thought it impossible that Men should be brought to laugh at public Spirit. Yet this hath been done in the present Age.
27. The Patriot aims at his private Good in the Public. The Knave makes the Public subservient to his private Interest. The former considers himself as Part of a Whole, the latter considers himself as the Whole.
28. There is and ever will be a natural Strife between Court and Country. The one will get as much, and the other give as little as it can. How must the Patriot behave himself?
29. He gives the necessary. If he gives more, it is with a View of gaining more to his Country.
30. A Patriot will never barter the public Money for his private Gain.
31. Moral Evil is never to be committed, physical Evil may be incurred, either to avoid a greater Evil, or to procure a good.
32. Where the Heart is right, there is true Patriotism.
33. In your Man of Business, it is easier to meet with a good Head than a good Heart.
34. A Patriot will admit there may be honest Men, and that honest Men may differ.
35. He that always blames or always praises is no Patriot.
36. Were all sweet and sneaking Courtiers, or were all four Malecontents; in either Case the Public would thrive but ill.
37. A Patriot would hardly wish there was no Contrast in the State.
38. Ferments of the worst Kind succeed to perfect Inaction.
39. A Man rages, rails and raves; I suspect his Patriotism.
40. The fawning Courtier and the surly ‘Squire often mean the same Thing, each his own Interest.
41. A Patriot will esteem no Man for being of his Party.
42. The factious Man is apt to mistake himself for a Patriot.