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  • If you are in authority, and have a right to command, your commands delivered suaviter in modo will be willingly, cheerfully, and consequently well obeyed; whereas, if given only fortiter, that is brutally, they will rather, as Tacitus says, be interrupted than executed.

    Letters to his son on The Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman

  • If you are in authority, and have a right to command, your commands delivered 'suaviter in modo' will be willingly, cheerfully, and consequently well obeyed; whereas, if given only 'fortiter', that is brutally, they will rather, as Tacitus says, be interrupted than executed.

    Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman, 1751

  • Unlike Mrs Thatcher, whose words were often less cautious than her deeds, he believed in suaviter in modo, fortiter in re.

    Is David Cameron tough enough to be a Tory revolutionary?

  • The famous dictum with which Luther unwittingly launched generations of bloodshed and war -- pecca fortiter, or "sin boldly" -- is perhaps most emblematic of this approach: if Christ could redeem humanity at its worst, then surely we needn't fuss too much over our own political sins; so long as we mean well and exhibit due contrition, there's no injustice for which Christ cannot atone.

    Chris Meserole: The Politics of Good Friday

  • When you sin, pecca fortiter; just remember to repent by throwing yourself on divine mercy, in faith alone.

    The attitude of beatitude

  • Unius aetatis sunt quae fortiter fiunt, quae vero pro utilitate Reipub. scribuntur, aeterna:

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Si sit juvenis, et non vult obedire, flagelletur frequenter et fortiter, dum incipiat foetere.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Est corruptio imaginativae et aestimativae facultatis, ob formam fortiter affixam, corruptumque judicium, ut semper de eo cogitet, ideoque recte melancholicus appellatur.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Me vivo fiat, let it come in their times: so secure, so desperate, so immoderate in lust and pleasure, so prone to revenge that, as Paterculus said of some caitiffs in his time in Rome, Quod nequiter ausi, fortiter executi: it shall not be so wickedly attempted, but as desperately performed, whatever they take in hand.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Quum quadringentis adhuc milliaribus ab imperatore Leo hic abesset, tam fortiter rugiebat, ut mulieres Romanae abortierint omnes, mutique, &c.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

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