archery , in which he spent , or , in the opinion of others , lost so much time , that those whom either his faults or virtues made his enemies , and perhaps some whose kindness wished him always worthily employed , did not scruple to ...
... indecent to treat with wanton levity the memory of a man who shared his frailties with all , but whose learning or virtues few can attain , and by whose excellencies many may be improved , while himself only suffered by his faults .
Whether he was poor by his own fault or the fault of others , cannot now be decided ; but it is certain that many have been rich with less merit . His philological learning would have gained him honour in any country , and among us it ...
... to write nothing false : next , to be bold to say any truth ; whereby is avoided two great faults , flattery and hatred : for which two points Cęsar is read to his great praise , and Jovius the Italian to his just reproach .
... 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 ...
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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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