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When you and I read Livy together , if you do remember , after some reasoning
we concluded both what was in our opinion to be looked for at his hand that
would well and advisedly write a history : First point was , to write nothing false :
with ill opinions , and false judgement in doctrine ; first to think ill of all true
religion , and at last to think nothing of God ... the Italian proverb against our
Englishmen Italianated , meant no more their vanity in living , than their lewd
opinion in ...
most profitable part of teaching ; ” but not in mine opinion , and namely for youth
in grammar schools . For the master now taketh double pains ; first , to mark what
is amiss ; again , to invent what may be said better . And here perchance , a very
But a scholar , by mine opinion , is better occupied in playing or sleeping , than
by spending time , not only vainly , but also harmfully , in such a kind of exercise .
If a master would have a perfect example to follow , how in genere sublimi , to ...
... works for his own memory sake into shorter room , ( as Canterus hath done
very well the whole Metamorphosis of Ovid , and David Chythræus a great deal
better the Nine Muses of Herodotus , and Melancthon in mine opinion , far best of
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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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