... last great revolution of the intellectual world was filling every academical mind with ardour or anxiety . The destruction of the Constantinopolitan empire had driven the Greeks with their language into the interior parts of Europe ...
Ascham is said to have courted his scholars to study by every incitement , to have treated them with great kindness , and to have taken care at once to instill learning and piety , to enlighten their minds and to form their manners .
... derive from the mind , how little intelligence can conduce to dexterity . In every art practice is much ; in arts manual , practice is almost the whole . Precept can at most but warn against error , it can never bestow excellence .
In the latter part of his life he found it necessary to forbear any intense application of the mind from dinner to bed - time , and rose to read and write early in the morning . He was for some years hectically feverish ; and though he ...
... but also for the inward disposition of the mind , as Thucydides doth in many places very trimly , and Homer every where , and that always most excellently , which observation is chiefly to be marked in him ; and our Chaucer doth the ...
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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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