And therefore it is notable that Dion in Plato writeth to Dionysius the tyrant , how Euripides in every tragedy bringeth for some great vice one or other great Prince to ruin , and yet not one doth complain thus , Out out , alas alas ...
... a man shall write confusedly for the matter , and unpleasantly for the reader , if he use not such an apt kind of partition as the matter will best afford , “ Which thing ( Plato saith ) who cannot do , knoweth not how to write .
Cicero , in following Isocrates , Plato , and Demosthenes , increased the Latin tongue after another sort . This way , because divers men that write do not know , they can neither follow it , because of their ignorance , nor yet will ...
... read in Phedro Platonis , a place that treats wonderfully of the nature of souls , which place , whether it were for the passing eloquence of Plato and the Greek tongue , or for the high and godly description of the * So seriously .
I remember the place very well , and it is wonderfully said of Plato ; and I now see it was no marvel though your feet failed you , seeing your mind few so fast . Tox . I am glad now that you letted me , for my head aches with looking ...
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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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