Passivity can be a provoking modus operandi;Consider the Empire and Gandhi.
Est modus in rebus. There is a measure in things.
Of all those young women Not one has enquired the cause of the world Nor the modus of lunar eclipses Nor whether there be any patch left of us After we cross the infernal ripples.
In my individual heart I fully believe my faith is as robust as yours. The trouble with your robust and full bodied faiths, however, is, that they begin to cut each others throats too soon, and for getting on in the world and establishing a modus vivendi these pestilential refinements and reasonablenesses and moderations have to creep in.william james
Inerat tamen simplicitas ac liberalitas, quæ, nisi adsit modus in exitium vertuntur.