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And yet I heard a gentleman of Milan say ( who was sent hither to the Emperor by
Gonzaga ) , that Octavio is such a prince for good nature and gentle behaviour ,
that he supposed there was not one in Italy but did love him , except it were his ...
Whereupon , Mr. Secretary took occasion to wish , that some more discretion
were in many schoolmasters , in using correction , than commonly there is ; who
many times punish rather the weakness of nature , than the fault of the scholar ...
But this will I say , that even the wisest of your great beaters , do as oft punish
nature as they do correct faults . ... wise schoolmaster should rather discreetly
consider the right disposition of both their natures , and not so much weigh what
A good horseman will choose no such colt , neither for his own nor yet for his
master's saddle . And thus much of the first note . 2. ΜΝΗΜΩΝ , Good of memory :
la special part of the first note Euçuns , and a mere benefit of nature ; yet it is so ...
Yea , I say more , and not of myself , but by the judgement of those from whom
few wise men will gladly dissent ; that if ever the nature of man be given at any
time , more than other , to receive goodness , it is in innocency of young years ...
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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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