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The general being asked why he kept no promise , made this answer : If the Emperor had kept faith with my master for Tunis , I would not have broken with them of Tripoli ; and therefore ( saith he ) with Christian men which care for no ...
... but in private parlours , shut up to all that came not in by favour or money . And therefore judgements were allotted , not as law appointed , but as the Viceroy listed . This fault ( Cicero saith ) undid Cęsar , who drew the common ...
And wealth of the people , as Scripture saith , is the glory of a Prince and surety of his reign . But suspicion in all governing breedeth such sayings ; when wrong doth bear such swing , as ill conscience doth always wish that men ...
Such two kind of men , saith the Duke , besides the present troubling of others , never or seldom come to good end themselves . He loveth not also bold and thick - skinned faces , wherein the meaning of the heart doth never appear .
... prove may easily Moreover , Louis d'Avila in his book doth rejoice that the Landgrave did so deceive himself with his own conditions , in making of which , as D'Avila saith , he was wont to esteem his own wit above all other men's .
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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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