Page 115 - Lords and Commons of England, consider what Nation it is whereof ye are, and whereof ye are the governors : a Nation not slow and dull, but of a quick, ingenious, and piercing spirit, acute to invent, subtle and sinewy to discourse, not beneath the reach of any point the highest that human capacity can soar to.
Page 133 - Truth is always consistent with itself, and needs nothing to help it out; it is always near at hand, and sits upon our lips, and is ready to drop out before we are aware; whereas a lie is troublesome, and sets a man's invention upon the rack, and one trick needs a great many more to make it good.
Page 141 - Much more, sir, is he to be abhorred, who as he has advanced in age, has receded from virtue, and become more wicked with less temptation ; who prostitutes himself for money which he cannot, enjoy, and spends the remains of his life in the ruin of his country.
Page 141 - But if any man shall, by charging me with theatrical behavior imply that I utter any sentiments but my own, I shall treat him as a calumniator and a villain ; nor shall any protection shelter him from the treatment he deserves.
Page 141 - I am at liberty, like every other man, to use my own language ; and, though perhaps I may have some ambition to please this gentleman, I shall not lay myself under any restraint, nor very solicitously copy his diction or his mien, however matured by age or modelled by experience.
Page 117 - They fortify their camps with a deep and large trench, and throw up the earth that is dug out of it for a wall ; nor do they employ only their slaves in this, but the whole army works at it, except those that are then upon the guard ; so that when so many hands are at work, a great line and a strong fortification is finished in so short a time that it is scarce credible.
Page 117 - ... of any point, the highest that human capacity can soar to. Therefore the studies of learning in her deepest sciences have been so ancient, and so eminent among us, that writers of good antiquity and able judgment have been persuaded, that even the school of Pythagoras and the Persian wisdom took beginning from the old philosophy of this island. And that wise and civil Roman, Julius Agricola, who governed once here for Caesar, preferred the natural wits of Britain, before the laboured studies...
Page 115 - Genoese felt the arrows piercing through heads, arms and breasts, many of them cast down their crossbows and did cut their strings, and returned discomfited. When the French king saw them fly away, he said, 'Slay these rascals, for they shall let and trouble us without reason.
Page 117 - It is hard to tell whether they are more dexterous in laying or avoiding ambushes. They sometimes seem to fly when it is far from their thoughts; and when they intend to give ground, they do it so that it is very hard to find out their design. If they see they are ill posted, or are like to be overpowered by numbers, they then either march off in the night with great silence, or by some stratagem delude their enemies...
Page 125 - Phocion met his end with the playful composure and gentle equanimity of Socrates. He endeavoured to cheer his fellow-sufferers, and as the strongest proof of friendship, permitted Nicocles to drink the hemlock before him. When he was asked if he had any message for his son Phocus, " Only," he said, " not to bear a grudge against the Athenians.