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... cause to be written at the entry of his school in golden letters this golden
sentence , I ' Εαν ής φιλομαθής , έση πολυμαθής : which excellently said in Greek
, is thus rudely in English , “ If thou love learning , thou shalt attain to much
And therefore would I have our schoolmaster weigh well together Homer and
Plato , and mark diligently these four points ; what is kept , what is added , what is
left out , what is changed either in choice of words or form of sentences . Which ...
Surely a wise learned man by this way of Epitome , in cutting away words and
sentences , and diminishing nothing at all of the matter , should leave to men's
use a story , half as much as it was in quantity , but twice as good as it was , both
do so escape and fall from him in those books , as be not worth the taking up by
him that is careful to speak or write true Latin ; * as that sentence in him , Et in
pace à rusticis Romanis alebantur , et in bello ab his tuebantur . A good student ...
One sentence Sturmius wrote to me in his last letter , which some of you will be
glad to hear . The sentence is this : “ Regis non memini in præfatione , ut nunc
loquuntur , ad D. Elizabetham . Ejus Majestati locus destinatur in Aristotelicis
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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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