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... matters , there can be no great persuasion . For the hearers , as Tully saith , be
much affectioned as he is that speaketh . At his words be they drawn ; if he stand
still in one fashion , their minds stand still with him ; if he thunder , they quake ; if ...
much such games stand with their worship , how great soever they be . What
great men do , be it good or ill , mean men commonly love to follow , as many
learned men in many places do say , and daily experience doth plainly show , in
The rib in a stiff feather may be thinner , for so it will stand cleaner on ; but in a
weak feather you must leave a thicker rib , or else if the rib , which is the
foundation and ground wherein nature hath set every cleft of the feather , be
taken too near ...
Standing , nocking , drawing , holding , loosing , done as they should be done ,
make fair shooting . ... not go too hastily to it , for that is rashness , nor yet make
too much to do about it , for that is curiosity ; the one foot must not stand too far
enough to stand by always very surely , where ye shall many times reap most
unkindness where ye have sown greatest pleasure , and those also ready to do
you most hurt to whom you never intended to think any harm . Which sentences I
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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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