Self-Love and Presumption

“Even the best pretext for innovation is very dangerous: so true it is that no change from the ancient ways is to be approved [Livy]. Thus it seems to me, to speak frankly, that it takes a lot of self-love and presumption to have such esteem for one’s own opinions that to establish them one must overthrow the public peace and introduce so many inevitable evils, and such a horrible corruption of morals, as civil wars and political changes bring with them in a matter of such weight—and introduce them into one’s own country.” (I:23, 67, Frame)