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would teach them stronger resolutions. So Doctor Hector was wont to say to the dames of London, when they complained they were they could not tell how, but yet they could not endure to take any medicine, he would tell them, their way was only to be sick; for then they would be glad to take any medicine.

Thirdly this colour may be reprehended in respect that the degree of decrease is more sensitive than the degree of privation; for in the mind of men, gradus diminutionis, the degree of decrease, may work a wavering between hope and fear, and keep the mind in suspense, from settling and accommodating in patience and resolution. Hereof the common forms are; Better cry out, than always ache; make or mar, &c.

For the second branch of this colour, it depends upon the same general reason: hence grew the common place of extolling the beginning of everything;

Dimidium facti qui bene cœpit habet.

This made the astrologers so idle, as to judge of man's nature and destiny by the constellation of the moment of his nativity or conception.

This colour is reprehended, because many inceptions are but (as Epicurus termeth them) tentamenta, that is, imperfect offers and essays, which vanish, and come to no substance without an iteration; so as, in such cases, the second degree seems the worthiest; as the body-horse in the cart, that draweth more than the fore-horse. Hereof the common forms are; The second blow makes the fray. The second word makes the bargain. Alter principium dedit, alter modum abstulit, &c.

Another reprehension of this colour, is in respect of defatigation, which makes perseverance of greater dignity than inception: for chance or instinct of nature may cause inception but settled affection, or judgment, maketh the continuance.

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Thirdly this colour is reprehended in such things which have a natural course and inclination contrary to an inception: So that the inception is continually evacuated, and gets no start; but there behoveth perpetua inceptio, as in the common forms: Non progredi, est regredi. Qui non proficit, deficit. Running against the hill; Rowing against the stream. For if it be with the stream or with the

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hill, then the degree of inception is more than all the

rest.

Fourthly, this colour is to be understood of Gradus inceptionis à potentia ad actum comparatas, cum gradu ab actu ad incrementum. For other, major videtur gradus ab impotentia ad potentiam, quam à potentia ad actum.

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