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John Lothrop Motley Quotes

A good lawyer is a bad Christian.

A new civilization was not to be improvised by a single mind.

A soil, exhausted by the long culture of Pagan empires, was to lie fallow for a still longer period.

A terrible animal, indeed, is an unbridled woman.

A third force, developing itself more slowly, becomes even more potent than the rest: the power of gold.

Enthusiasm could not supply the place of experience.

For a century longer, Rome still retains its outward form, but the swarming nations are now in full career.

Give us the luxuries of life, and we will dispense with its necessaries.

History shows how feeble are barriers of paper.

In Gaul were two orders, the nobility and the priesthood, while the people, says Caesar, were all slaves.

In the tenth century the old Batavian and later Roman forms have faded away.

The crusades made great improvement in the condition of the serfs.

The ferocious inroads of the Normans scared many weak and timid persons into servitude.

The gigantic Gaul derided the Roman soldiers as a band of pigmies.

The history of the Franks becomes, therefore, the history of the Netherlands.

The rise of the Dutch Republic must ever be regarded as one of the leading events of modern times.

The splendid empire of Charles the Fifth was erected upon the grave of liberty.

The sword - the first, for a time the only force: the force of iron.

The whole territory of the Netherlands was girt with forests.

Thus again the Netherlands, for the first time since the fall of Rome, were united under one crown imperial. They had already been once united, in their slavery to Rome.