He was well adapted to his time by his good sense and sobriety of judgment.
The buildings of the latest French style keep a certain purity and sobriety in Normandy which they do not keep elsewhere.
A greater sobriety of tone was introduced both into life and literature with the accession of Vespasian.
As an advocate he occasionally forgets that sobriety of judgment and expression become an historian.
But in his general view of ethical principles as being, like mathematical principles,' essentially truths of relation, Clarke is quite in accordance with Locke; while of the four fundamental rules that he expounds, Piety towards God, Equity, Benevolence and Sobriety (which includes self-preservation), the first is obtained, just as Locke suggests, by " comparing the idea " of man with the idea of an infinitely good and wise being on whom he depends; and the second and third are axioms self-evident on the consideration of the equality or similarity of human individuals as such.