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And therefore the quickest wits commonly may prove the best poets , but not the
wisest orators ; ready of tongue to speak boldly , not deep of judgement , either
for good counsel or wise writing . Also for manners and life , quick wits commonly
Moreover , cominonly , men very quick of wit be also very light of conditions ; and
thereby very ready of disposition to be carried over quickly , by any light company
, to any riot and unthriftiness when they be young ; and therefore seldom either ...
THE SECOND BOOK , TEACHING THE READY WAY TO THE LATIN TONGUE .
AFTER that your scholar , as I said before , shall come indeed , first to a ready
perfectness in translating , then to a ripe and skilful choice in marking out his six ...
For quick inventors , and fair ready speakers , being boldened with their present
ability to say more , and perchance better too , at the sudden for that present ,
than any other can do , use less help of diligence and study , than they ought to
Thus I , first ready by mine own nature , then moved by good counsel , after
driven by ill fortune , lastly called by quietness , thought it good to root myself in
Cambridge again . And in very deed , so many be pluckt from thence before they
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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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