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He was for some years hectically feverish ; and though he found some alleviation of his distemper , never obtained a perfect recovery of his health . The immediate cause of his last sickness was too close application to the composition ...
No , it is not all one thing to know perfectly by reading and to perform perfectly in doing . I am not so unadvised to take so much upon me , nor you so unfriendly to look for so much from me . But that you may know that I have not been ...
... ( and few beginnings be perfect , say the wise men ; ) and also because , if I have said amiss , I am content that any man amend it ; or , if I have said too little , any man that will add what him pleaseth to it .
Yet in writing this book , some man will marvel perchance , why that I , being an unperfect shooter , should take in hand to write of making a perfect archer : the same man , peradventure , will marvel how a whetstone , which is blunt ...
always desireth to be best ( which is a word of honesty ) , and that by the same way that virtue itself doth , coveting to come nighest a most perfect end , or mean standing betwixt two extremes , eschewing short , or gone , or either ...
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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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