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In study every part of the body is idle , which thing causeth gross and cold
humours to gather together and vex scholars very much , the mind is altogether
bent and set on work ; a pastime then must be had where every part of the body
must be ...
For as much as I can gather of all this communication of ours , the tongue , the
nose , the hands , and the feet , be no fitter members or instruments for the body
of a man , than is shooting for the whole body of the realm . God hath made the ...
And this perverse judgement of the world , when men measure themselves amiss
, bringeth much disorder and great unseemliness to the whole body of the
commonwealth ; as if a man should wear his hose upon his head , or a woman
... the body , which is ruled by the mind , can never do his duty ; if lack of courage
were not , men might do more masteries than they do , as doth appear in leaping
and vaulting All affections , and especially anger , hurteth both mind and body .
And how can a comely body be better employed than to serve the fairest exercise
of God's greatest gift ? and that is learning . But commonly the fairest bodies are
bestowed on the foulest purposes . I would it were not so ; and with examples ...
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essential reading, from an observer in 'flat English' language at a time when world affairs centered in and around Vienna and were essentially continental.
Quoted as first liner in a fascinating book on Anglo-French Entente under le Grand Toy, Louis XIV and the Merry Monarch, Charles II.
Full of candor, at a time when the political discourse was still amenable to compromise and chivalry, gallantry, so Ascham's remarks letters oin the Habsburg Empire, hence to Metternich and his pickup by Henry Kissinger - show the long ptrocxessof diplomacy that is not necessarily mad policy.
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The English Works of Roger Ascham: Preceptor to Queen Elizabeth
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