HISTORY OF THE NETHERLANDS



By John Lothrop Motley





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Motley's History of the Netherlands

Title Page

The Siege of Antwerp

Prince William of Orange-Nassau (William the Silent)

The Earl of Leichester

Alexander Farnese, Prince of Parma

John of Barneveld

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1566, the last year of peace



A pleasantry called voluntary

contributions or benevolences



A good lawyer is a bad Christian



A terrible animal, indeed, is an

unbridled woman



A common hatred united them, for a time

at least



A penal offence in the republic to talk

of peace or of truce



A most fatal success



A country disinherited by nature of its

rights



A free commonwealth--was thought an

absurdity



A hard bargain when both parties are

losers



A burnt cat fears the fire



A despot really keeps no accounts, nor

need to do so



A sovereign remedy for the disease of

liberty



A pusillanimous peace, always possible

at any period



A man incapable of fatigue, of

perplexity, or of fear



A truce he honestly considered a

pitfall of destruction



A great historian is almost a statesman



Able men should be by design and of

purpose suppressed



About equal to that of England at the

same period



Absolution for incest was afforded at

thirty-six livres



Abstinence from unproductive

consumption



Abstinence from inquisition into

consciences and private parlour



Absurd affectation of candor



Accepting a new tyrant in place of the

one so long ago deposed



Accustomed to the faded gallantries



Achieved the greatness to which they

had not been born



Act of Uniformity required Papists to

assist



Acts of violence which under pretext of

religion



Admired or despised, as if he or she

were our contemporary



Adulation for inferiors whom they

despise



Advanced orthodox party-Puritans



Advancing age diminished his tendency

to other carnal pleasures



Advised his Majesty to bestow an annual

bribe upon Lord Burleigh



Affecting to discredit them



Affection of his friends and the wrath

of his enemies



Age when toleration was a vice



Agreements were valid only until he

should repent



Alas! the benighted victims of

superstition hugged their chains



Alas! we must always have something to

persecute



Alas! one never knows when one becomes

a bore



Alexander's exuberant discretion



All Italy was in his hands



All fellow-worms together



All business has been transacted with

open doors



All reading of the scriptures

(forbidden)



All the majesty which decoration could

impart



All denounced the image-breaking



All claimed the privilege of

persecuting



All his disciples and converts are to

be punished with death



All Protestants were beheaded, burned,

or buried alive



All classes are conservative by

necessity



All the ministers and great

functionaries received presents



All offices were sold to the highest

bidder



Allow her to seek a profit from his

misfortune



Allowed the demon of religious hatred

to enter into its body



Almost infinite power of the meanest of

passions



Already looking forward to the revolt

of the slave States



Altercation between Luther and Erasmus,

upon predestination



Always less apt to complain of

irrevocable events



American Unholy Inquisition



Amuse them with this peace negotiation



An inspiring and delightful recreation

(auto-da-fe)



An hereditary papacy, a perpetual pope-

emperor



An age when to think was a crime



An unjust God, himself the origin of

sin



An order of things in which mediocrity

is at a premium



Anarchy which was deemed inseparable

from a non-regal form



Anatomical study of what has ceased to

exist



And give advice.  Of that, although

always a spendthrift



And now the knife of another priest-led

fanatic



And thus this gentle and heroic spirit

took its flight



Angle with their dissimulation as with

a hook



Announced his approaching marriage with

the Virgin Mary



Annual harvest of iniquity by which his

revenue was increased



Anxiety to do nothing wrong, the

senators did nothing at all



Are apt to discharge such obligations--

(by) ingratitude



Are wont to hang their piety on the

bell-rope



Argument in a circle



Argument is exhausted and either action

or compromise begins



Aristocracy of God's elect



Arminianism



Arrested on suspicion, tortured till

confession



Arrive at their end by fraud, when

violence will not avail them



Artillery



As logical as men in their cups are

prone to be



As the old woman had told the Emperor

Adrian



As if they were free will not make them

free



As lieve see the Spanish as the

Calvinistic inquisition



As ready as papists, with age, fagot,

and excommunication



As with his own people, keeping no

back-door open



As neat a deception by telling the

truth



At a blow decapitated France



At length the twig was becoming the

tree



Atheist, a tyrant, because he resisted

dictation from the clergy



Attachment to a half-drowned land and

to a despised religion



Attacked by the poetic mania



Attacking the authority of the pope



Attempting to swim in two waters



Auction sales of judicial ermine



Baiting his hook a little to his

appetite



Barbara Blomberg, washerwoman of

Ratisbon



Batavian legion was the imperial body

guard



Beacons in the upward path of mankind



Beating the Netherlanders into

Christianity



Beautiful damsel, who certainly did not

lack suitors



Because he had been successful (hated)



Becoming more learned, and therefore

more ignorant



Been already crimination and

recrimination more than enough



Before morning they had sacked thirty

churches



Began to scatter golden arguments with

a lavish hand



Beggars of the sea, as these

privateersmen designated themselves



Behead, torture, burn alive, and bury

alive all heretics



Being the true religion, proved by so

many testimonies



Believed in the blessed advent  of

peace



Beneficent and charitable purposes

(War)



best defence in this case is little

better than an impeachment



Bestowing upon others what was not his

property



Better to be governed by magistrates

than mobs



Better is the restlessness of a noble

ambition



Beware of a truce even more than of a

peace



Bigotry which was the prevailing

characteristic of the age



Bishop is a consecrated pirate



Blessed freedom from speech-making



Blessing of God  upon the Devil's work



Bold reformer had only a new dogma in

place of the old ones



Bomb-shells were not often used

although known for a century



Breath, time, and paper were profusely

wasted and nothing gained



Brethren, parents, and children, having

wives in common



Bribed the Deity



Bungling diplomatists and credulous

dotards



Burned, strangled, beheaded, or buried

alive (100,000)



Burned alive if they objected to

transubstantiation



Burning with bitter revenge for all the

favours he had received



Burning of Servetus at Geneva



Business of an officer to fight, of a

general to conquer



But the habit of dissimulation was

inveterate



But after all this isn't a war  It is a

revolution



But not thoughtlessly indulgent to the

boy



Butchery in the name of Christ was

suspended



By turns, we all govern and are

governed



Calling a peace perpetual can never

make it so



Calumny is often a stronger and more

lasting power than disdain



Can never be repaired and never

sufficiently regretted



Canker of a long peace



Care neither for words nor menaces in

any matter



Cargo of imaginary gold dust was

exported from the James River



Casting up the matter "as pinchingly as

possibly might be"



Casual outbursts of eternal friendship



Certain number of powers, almost

exactly equal to each other



Certainly it was worth an eighty years'

war



Changed his positions and contradicted

himself day by day



Character of brave men to act, not to

expect



Charles the Fifth autocrat of half the

world



Chief seafaring nations of the world

were already protestant



Chieftains are dwarfed in the

estimation of followers



Children who had never set foot on the

shore



Christian sympathy and a small

assistance not being sufficient



Chronicle of events must not be

anticipated



Claimed the praise of moderation that

their demands were so few



Cold water of conventional and

commonplace encouragement



College of "peace-makers," who wrangled

more than all



Colonel Ysselstein, "dismissed for a

homicide or two"



Compassing a country's emancipation

through a series of defeats



Conceding it subsequently, after much

contestation



Conceit, and procrastination which

marked the royal character



Conciliation when war of extermination

was intended



Conclusive victory for the allies

seemed as predestined



Conde and Coligny



Condemned first and inquired upon after



Condemning all heretics to death



Conflicting claims of prerogative and

conscience



Conformity of Governments to the

principles of justice



Confused conferences, where neither

party was entirely sincere



Considerable reason, even if there were

but little justice



Considerations of state have never yet

failed the axe



Considerations of state as a reason



Considered it his special mission in

the world to mediate



Consign to the flames all prisoners

whatever (Papal letter)



Constant vigilance is the price of

liberty



Constitute themselves at once universal

legatees



Constitutional governments, move in the

daylight



Consumer would pay the tax, supposing

it were ever paid at all



Contained within itself the germs of a

larger liberty



Contempt for treaties however solemnly

ratified



Continuing to believe himself

invincible and infallible



Converting beneficent commerce into

baleful gambling



Could handle an argument as well as a

sword



Could paint a character with the ruddy

life-blood coloring



Could not be both judge and party in

the suit



Could do a little more than what was

possible



Country would bear his loss with

fortitude



Courage of despair inflamed the French



Courage and semblance of cheerfulness,

with despair in his heart



Court fatigue, to scorn pleasure



Covered now with the satirical dust of

centuries



Craft meaning, simply, strength



Created one child for damnation and

another for salvation



Crescents in their caps: Rather Turkish

than Popish



Crimes and cruelties such as Christians

only could imagine



Criminal whose guilt had been

established by the hot iron



Criminals buying Paradise for money



Cruelties exercised upon monks and

papists



Crusades made great improvement in the

condition of the serfs



Culpable audacity and exaggerated

prudence



Customary oaths, to be kept with the

customary conscientiousness



Daily widening schism between Lutherans

and Calvinists



Deadliest of sins, the liberty of

conscience



Deadly hatred of Puritans in England

and Holland



Deal with his enemy as if sure to

become his friend



Death rather than life with a false

acknowledgment of guilt



Decline a bribe or interfere with the

private sale of places



Decrees for burning, strangling, and

burying alive



Deeply criminal in the eyes of all

religious parties



Defeated garrison ever deserved more

respect from friend or foe



Defect of enjoying the flattery, of his

inferiors in station



Delay often fights better than an army

against a foreign invader



Demanding peace and bread at any price



Democratic instincts of the ancient

German savages



Denies the utility of prayers for the

dead



Denoungced as an obstacle to peace



Depths theological party spirit could

descend



Depths of credulity men in all ages can

sink



Despised those who were grateful



Despot by birth and inclination

(Charles V.)



Determined to bring the very name of

liberty into contempt



Devote himself to his gout and to his

fair young wife



Difference between liberties and

liberty



Difficult for one friend to advise

another in three matters



Diplomacy of Spain and Rome--meant

simply dissimulation



Diplomatic adroitness consists mainly

in the power to deceive



Disciple of Simon Stevinus



Dismay of our friends and the

gratification of our enemies



Disordered, and unknit state needs no

shaking, but propping



Disposed to throat-cutting by the

ministers of the Gospel



Dispute between Luther and Zwingli

concerning the real presence



Disputing the eternal damnation of

young children



Dissenters were as bigoted as the

orthodox



Dissimulation and delay



Distinguished for his courage, his

cruelty, and his corpulence



Divine right of kings



Divine right



Do you want peace or war?  I am ready

for either



Doctrine of predestination in its

sternest and strictest sense



Don John of Austria



Don John was at liberty to be King of

England and Scotland



Done nothing so long as aught remained

to do



Drank of the water in which, he had

washed



Draw a profit out of the necessities of

this state



During this, whole war, we have never

seen the like



Dying at so very inconvenient a moment



Each in its turn becoming orthodox, and

therefore persecuting



Eat their own children than to forego

one high mass



Eight thousand human beings were

murdered



Elizabeth, though convicted, could

always confute



Elizabeth (had not) the faintest idea

of religious freedom



Eloquence of the biggest guns



Emperor of Japan addressed him as his

brother monarch



Emulation is not capability



Endure every hardship but hunger



Enemy of all compulsion of the human

conscience



England hated the Netherlands



English Puritans



Englishmen and Hollanders preparing to

cut each other's throats



Enmity between Lutherans and Calvinists



Enormous wealth (of the Church) which

engendered the hatred



Enriched generation after generation by

wealthy penitence



Enthusiasm could not supply the place

of experience



Envying those whose sufferings had

already been terminated



Epernon, the true murderer of Henry



Erasmus of Rotterdam



Erasmus encourages the bold friar



Establish not freedom for Calvinism,

but freedom for conscience



Estimating his character and judging

his judges



Even the virtues of James were his

worst enemies



Even to grant it slowly is to deny it

utterly



Even for the rape of God's mother, if

that were possible



Ever met disaster with so cheerful a

smile



Ever-swarming nurseries of mercenary

warriors



Every one sees what you seem, few

perceive what you are



Everybody should mind his own business



Everything else may happen  This alone

must happen



Everything was conceded, but nothing

was secured



Evil is coming, the sooner it arrives

the better



Evil has the advantage of rapidly

assuming many shapes



Excited with the appearance of a gem of

true philosophy



Excused by their admirers for their

shortcomings



Excuses to disarm the criticism he had

some reason to fear



Executions of Huss and Jerome of Prague



Exorcising the devil by murdering his

supposed victims



Extraordinary capacity for yielding to

gentle violence



Fable of divine right is invented to

sanction the system



Faction has rarely worn a more

mischievous aspect



Famous fowl in every pot



Fanatics of the new religion denounced

him as a godless man



Fate, free will, or absolute

foreknowledge



Father Cotton, who was only too ready

to betray the secrets



Fear of the laugh of the world at its

sincerity



Fed on bear's liver, were nearly

poisoned to death



Felix Mants, the anabaptist, is drowned

at Zurich



Fellow worms had been writhing for half

a century in the dust



Ferocity which even Christians could

not have surpassed



Few, even prelates were very dutiful to

the pope



Fiction of apostolic authority to bind

and loose



Fifty thousand persons in the provinces

(put to death)



Financial opposition to tyranny is apt

to be unanimous



Find our destruction in our immoderate

desire for peace



Fishermen and river raftsmen become

ocean adventurers



Fitted "To warn, to comfort, and

command"



Fitter to obey than to command



Five great rivers hold the Netherland

territory in their coils



Flattery is a sweet and intoxicating

potion



Fled from the land of oppression to the

land of liberty



Fool who useth not wit because he hath

it not



For myself I am unworthy of the honor

(of martyrdom)



For faithful service, evil recompense



For women to lament, for men to

remember



For us, looking back upon the Past,

which was then the Future



For his humanity towards the conquered

garrisons (censured)



Forbidding the wearing of mourning at

all



Forbids all private assemblies for

devotion



Force clerical--the power of clerks



Foremost to shake off the fetters of

superstition



Forget those who have done them good

service



Forgiving spirit on the part of the

malefactor



Fortune's buffets and rewards can take

with equal thanks



Four weeks' holiday--the first in

eleven years



France was mourning Henry and waiting

for Richelieu



French seem madmen, and are wise



Friendly advice still more intolerable



Full of precedents and declamatory

commonplaces



Furious fanaticism



Furious mob set upon the house of Rem

Bischop



Furnished, in addition, with a force of

two thousand prostitutes



Future world as laid down by rival

priesthoods



Gallant and ill-fated Lamoral Egmont



Gaul derided the Roman soldiers as a

band of pigmies



German-Lutheran sixteenth-century idea

of religious freedom



German finds himself sober--he believes

himself ill



German Highland and the German

Netherland



Gigantic vices are proudly pointed to

as the noblest



Give him advice if he asked it, and

money when he required



Glory could be put neither into pocket

nor stomach



God has given absolute power to no

mortal man



God, whose cause it was, would be

pleased to give good weather



God alone can protect us against those

whom we trust



God of wrath who had decreed the

extermination of all unbeliever



God of vengeance, of jealousy, and of

injustice



God Save the King!  It was the last

time



Gold was the only passkey to justice



Gomarites accused the Arminians of

being more lax than Papists



Govern under the appearance of obeying



Great transactions of a reign are

sometimes paltry things



Great science of political equilibrium



Great Privilege, the Magna Charta of

Holland



Great error of despising their enemy



Great war of religion and politics was

postponed



Great battles often leave the world

where they found it



Guarantees of forgiveness for every

imaginable sin



Guilty of no other crime than adhesion

to the Catholic faith



Habeas corpus



Had industry been honoured instead of

being despised



Haereticis non servanda fides



Hair and beard unshorn, according to

ancient Batavian custom



Halcyon days of ban, book and candle



Hanged for having eaten meat-soup upon

Friday



Hanging of Mary Dyer at Boston



Hangman is not the most appropriate

teacher of religion



Happy to glass themselves in so

brilliant a mirror



Hard at work, pouring sand through

their sieves



Hardly a distinguished family in Spain

not placed in mourning



Hardly a sound Protestant policy

anywhere but in Holland



Hardly an inch of French soil that had

not two possessors



Having conjugated his paradigm

conscientiously



He had omitted to execute heretics



He did his best to be friends with all

the world



He was a sincere bigot



He that stands let him see that he does

not fall



He was not always careful in the

construction of his sentences



He would have no persecution of the

opposite creed



He came as a conqueror not as a

mediator



He who spreads the snare always tumbles

into the ditch himself



He who would have all may easily lose

all



He knew men, especially he knew their

weaknesses



He had never enjoyed social converse,

except at long intervals



He would have no Calvinist inquisition

set up in its place



He who confessed well was absolved well



He did his work, but he had not his

reward



He sat a great while at a time.  He had

a genius for sitting



He was not imperial of aspect on canvas

or coin



He often spoke of popular rights with

contempt



He spent more time at table than the

Bearnese in sleep



Heidelberg Catechism were declared to

be infallible



Henry the Huguenot as the champion of

the Council of Trent



Her teeth black, her bosom white and

liberally exposed (Eliz.)



Heresy was a plant of early growth in

the Netherlands



Heretics to the English Church were

persecuted



Hibernian mode of expressing himself



High officers were doing the work of

private, soldiers



Highborn demagogues in that as in every

age affect adulation



Highest were not necessarily the least

slimy



His inordinate arrogance



His own past triumphs seemed now his

greatest enemies



His imagination may have assisted his

memory in the task



His insolence intolerable



His learning was a reproach to the

ignorant



His invectives were, however, much

stronger than his arguments



His personal graces, for the moment,

took the rank of virtues



His dogged, continuous capacity for

work



Historical scepticism may shut its eyes

to evidence



History is a continuous whole of which

we see only fragments



History is but made up of a few

scattered fragments



History never forgets and never

forgives



History has not too many really

important and emblematic men



History shows how feeble are barriers

of paper



Holland was afraid to give a part,

although offering the whole



Holland, England, and America, are all

links of one chain



Holy Office condemned all the

inhabitants of the Netherlands



Holy institution called the Inquisition



Honor good patriots, and to support

them in venial errors



Hope delayed was but a cold and meagre

consolation



Hope deferred, suddenly changing to

despair



How many more injured by becoming bad

copies of a bad ideal



Hugo Grotius



Human nature in its meanness and shame



Human ingenuity to inflict human misery



Human fat esteemed the sovereignst

remedy (for wounds)



Humanizing effect of science upon the

barbarism of war



Humble ignorance as the safest creed



Humility which was but the cloak to his

pride



Hundred thousand men had laid down

their lives by her decree



I did never see any man behave himself

as he did



I know how to console myself



I am a king that will be ever known not

to fear any but God



I hope and I fear



I would carry the wood to burn my own

son withal



I regard my country's profit, not my

own



I will never live, to see the end of my

poverty



Idea of freedom in commerce has dawned

upon nations



Idiotic principle of sumptuary

legislation



Idle, listless, dice-playing, begging,

filching vagabonds



If he had little, he could live upon

little



If to do be as grand as to imagine what

it were good to do



If he has deserved it, let them strike

off his head



Ignoble facts which strew the highways

of political life



Ignorance is the real enslaver of

mankind



Imagined, and did the work of truth



Imagining that they held the world's

destiny in their hands



Impatience is often on the part of the

non-combatants



Implication there was much, of

assertion very little



Imposed upon the multitudes, with whom

words were things



Impossible it is to practise arithmetic

with disturbed brains



Impossible it was to invent terms of

adulation too gross



In revolutions the men who win are

those who are in earnest



In character and general talents he was

beneath mediocrity



In times of civil war, to be neutral is

to be nothing



In Holland, the clergy had neither

influence nor seats



In this he was much behind his age or

before it



Incur the risk of being charged with

forwardness than neglect



Indecision did the work of indolence



Indignant that heretics had been

suffered to hang



Individuals walking in advance of their

age



Indoor home life imprisons them in the

domestic circle



Indulging them frequently with oracular

advice



Inevitable fate of talking castles and

listening ladies



Infamy of diplomacy, when diplomacy is

unaccompanied by honesty



Infinite capacity for pecuniary

absorption



Informer, in case of conviction, should

be entitled to one half



Inhabited by the savage tribes called

Samoyedes



Innocent generation, to atone for the

sins of their forefathers



Inquisition of the Netherlands is much

more pitiless



Inquisition was not a fit subject for a

compromise



Inquisitors enough; but there were no

light vessels in The Armada



Insane cruelty, both in the cause of

the Wrong and the Right



Insensible to contumely, and incapable

of accepting a rebuff



Insinuate that his orders had been

hitherto misunderstood



Insinuating suspicions when unable to

furnish evidence



Intellectual dandyisms of Bulwer



Intelligence, science, and industry

were accounted degrading



Intense bigotry of conviction



Intentions of a government which did

not know its own intentions



International friendship, the self-

interest of each



Intolerable tendency to puns



Invaluable gift which no human being

can acquire, authority



Invented such Christian formulas as

these (a curse)



Inventing long speeches for historical

characters



Invincible Armada had not only been

vanquished but annihilated



Irresistible force in collision with an

insuperable resistance



It was the true religion, and there was

none other



It is not desirable to disturb much of

that learned dust



It had not yet occurred to him that he

was married



It is n't strategists that are wanted

so much as believers



It is certain that the English hate us

(Sully)



Its humility, seemed sufficiently

ironical



James of England, who admired, envied,

and hated Henry



Jealousy, that potent principle



Jesuit Mariana--justifying the killing

of excommunicated kings



John Castel, who had stabbed Henry IV.



John Wier, a physician of Grave



John Robinson



John Quincy Adams



Judas Maccabaeus



July 1st, two Augustine monks were

burned at Brussels



Justified themselves in a solemn

consumption of time



Kindly shadow of oblivion



King who thought it furious madness to

resist the enemy



King had issued a general repudiation

of his debts



King set a price upon his head as a

rebel



King of Zion to be pinched to death

with red-hot tongs



King was often to be something much

less or much worse



King's definite and final intentions,

varied from day to day



Labored under the disadvantage of never

having existed



Labour was esteemed dishonourable



Language which is ever living because

it is dead



Languor of fatigue, rather than any

sincere desire for peace



Leading motive with all was supposed to

be religion



Learn to tremble as little at

priestcraft as at swordcraft



Leave not a single man alive in the

city, and to burn every house



Let us fool these poor creatures to

their heart's content



Licences accorded by the crown to carry

slaves to America



Life of nations and which we call the

Past



Like a man holding a wolf by the ears



Little army of Maurice was becoming the

model for Europe



Little grievances would sometimes

inflame more than vast



Local self-government which is the

life-blood of liberty



Logic of the largest battalions



Logic is rarely the quality on which

kings pride themselves



Logical and historical argument of

unmerciful length



Long succession of so many illustrious

obscure



Longer they delay it, the less easy

will they find it



Look through the cloud of dissimulation



Look for a sharp war, or a miserable

peace



Looking down upon her struggle with

benevolent indifference



Lord was better pleased with adverbs

than nouns



Loud, nasal, dictatorial tone, not at

all agreeable



Louis XIII.



Loving only the persons who flattered

him



Ludicrous gravity



Luther's axiom, that thoughts are toll-

free



Lutheran princes of Germany, detested

the doctrines of Geneva



Luxury had blunted the fine instincts

of patriotism



Made peace--and had been at war ever

since



Made no breach in royal and Roman

infallibility



Made to swing to and fro over a slow

fire



Magistracy at that moment seemed to

mean the sword



Magnificent hopefulness



Maintaining the attitude of an injured

but forgiving Christian



Make sheep of yourselves, and the wolf

will eat you



Make the very name of man a term of

reproach



Man is never so convinced of his own

wisdom



Man who cannot dissemble is unfit to

reign



Man had only natural wrongs (No natural

rights)



Man had no rights at all  He was

property



Mankind were naturally inclined to

calumny



Manner in which an insult shall be

dealt with



Many greedy priests, of lower rank, had

turned shop-keepers



Maritime heretics



Matter that men may rather pray for

than hope for



Matters little by what name a

government is called



Meantime the second civil war in France

had broken out



Mediocrity is at a premium



Meet around a green table except as

fencers in the field



Men were loud in reproof, who had been

silent



Men fought as if war was the normal

condition of humanity



Men who meant what they said and said

what they meant



Mendacity may always obtain over

innocence and credulity



Military virtue in the support of an

infamous cause



Misanthropical, sceptical philosopher



Misery had come not from their being

enemies



Mistake to stumble a second time over

the same stone



Mistakes might occur from occasional

deviations into sincerity



Mockery of negotiation in which nothing

could be negotiated



Modern statesmanship, even while it

practises, condemns



Monasteries, burned their invaluable

libraries



Mondragon was now ninety-two years old



Moral nature, undergoes less change

than might be hoped



More accustomed to do well than to

speak well



More easily, as he had no intention of

keeping the promise



More catholic than the pope



More fiercely opposed to each other

than to Papists



More apprehension of fraud than of

force



Most detestable verses that even he had

ever composed



Most entirely truthful child whe had

ever seen



Motley was twice sacrificed to personal

feelings



Much as the blind or the deaf towards

colour or music



Myself seeing of it methinketh that I

dream



Names history has often found it

convenient to mark its epochs



National character, not the work of a

few individuals



Nations tied to the pinafores of

children in the nursery



Natural to judge only by the result



Natural tendency to suspicion of a

timid man



Nearsighted liberalism



Necessary to make a virtue of necessity



Necessity of extirpating heresy, root

and branch



Necessity of deferring to powerful

sovereigns



Necessity of kingship



Negotiated as if they were all immortal



Neighbour's blazing roof was likely

soon to fire their own



Neither kings nor governments are apt

to value logic



Neither wished the convocation, while

both affected an eagerness



Neither ambitious nor greedy



Never peace well made, he observed,

without a mighty war



Never did statesmen know better how not

to do



Never lack of fishers in troubled

waters



New Years Day in England, 11th January

by the New Style



Night brings counsel



Nine syllables that which could be more

forcibly expressed in on



No one can testify but a householder



No man can be neutral in civil

contentions



No law but the law of the longest purse



No two books, as he said, ever injured

each other



No retrenchments in his pleasures of

women, dogs, and buildings



No great man can reach the highest

position in our government



No man is safe (from news reporters)



No man could reveal secrets which he

did not know



No authority over an army which they

did not pay



No man pretended to think of the State



No synod had a right to claim

Netherlanders as slaves



No qualities whatever but birth and

audacity to recommend him



No generation is long-lived enough to

reap the harvest



No man ever understood the art of

bribery more thoroughly



No calumny was too senseless to be

invented



None but God to compel me to say more

than I choose to say



Nor is the spirit of the age to be

pleaded in defence



Not a friend of giving details larger

than my ascertained facts



Not distinguished for their docility



Not to let the grass grow under their

feet



Not a single acquaintance in the place,

and we glory in the fact



Not safe for politicians to call each

other hard names



Not his custom nor that of his

councillors to go to bed



Not of the genus Reptilia, and could

neither creep nor crouch



Not strong enough to sustain many more

such victories



Not to fall asleep in the shade of a

peace negotiation



Not many more than two hundred

Catholics were executed



Not upon words but upon actions



Not for a new doctrine, but for liberty

of conscience



Not of the stuff of which martyrs are

made (Erasmus)



Not so successful as he was picturesque



Nothing could equal Alexander's

fidelity, but his perfidy



Nothing cheap, said a citizen bitterly,

but sermons



Nothing was so powerful as religious

difference



Notre Dame at Antwerp



Nowhere was the persecution of heretics

more relentless



Nowhere were so few unproductive

consumers



O God! what does man come to!



Obscure were thought capable of dying

natural deaths



Obstinate, of both sexes, to be burned



Octogenarian was past work and past

mischief



Of high rank but of lamentably low

capacity



Often much tyranny in democracy



Often necessary to be blind and deaf



Oldenbarneveld; afterwards so

illustrious



On the first day four thousand men and

women were slaughtered



One-half to Philip and one-half to the

Pope and Venice (slaves)



One-third of Philip's effective navy

was thus destroyed



One golden grain of wit into a sheet of

infinite platitude



One could neither cry nor laugh within

the Spanish dominions



One of the most contemptible and

mischievous of kings (James I)



Only healthy existence of the French

was in a state of war



Only true religion



Only citadel against a tyrant and a

conqueror was distrust



Only kept alive by milk, which he drank

from a woman's breast



Only foundation fit for history,--

original contemporary document



Opening an abyss between government and

people



Opposed the subjection of the

magistracy by the priesthood



Oration, fertile in rhetoric and barren

in facts



Orator was, however, delighted with his

own performance



Others that do nothing, do all, and

have all the thanks



Others go to battle, says the

historian, these go to war



Our pot had not gone to the fire as

often



Our mortal life is but a string of

guesses at the future



Outdoing himself in dogmatism and

inconsistency



Over excited, when his prejudices were

roughly handled



Panegyrists of royal houses in the

sixteenth century



Pardon for crimes already committed, or

about to be committed



Pardon for murder, if not by poison,

was cheaper



Partisans wanted not accommodation but

victory



Party hatred was not yet glutted with

the blood it had drunk



Passion is a bad schoolmistress for the

memory



Past was once the Present, and once the

Future



Pathetic dying words of Anne Boleyn



Patriotism seemed an unimaginable idea



Pauper client who dreamed of justice at

the hands of law



Paving the way towards atheism (by

toleration)



Paying their passage through, purgatory



Peace founded on the only secure basis,

equality of strength



Peace was desirable, it might be more

dangerous than war



Peace seemed only a process for

arriving at war



Peace and quietness is brought into a

most dangerous estate



Peace-at-any-price party



Peace, in reality, was war in its worst

shape



Peace was unattainable, war was

impossible, truce was inevitable



Peace would be destruction



Perfection of insolence



Perpetually dropping small innuendos

like pebbles



Persons who discussed religious matters

were to be put to death



Petty passion for contemptible details



Philip II. gave the world work enough



Philip of Macedon, who considered no

city impregnable



Philip IV.



Philip, who did not often say a great

deal in a few words



Picturesqueness of crime



Placid unconsciousness on his part of

defeat



Plain enough that he is telling his own

story



Planted the inquisition in the

Netherlands



Played so long with other men's

characters and good name



Plea of infallibility and of authority

soon becomes ridiculous



Plundering the country which they came

to protect



Poisoning, for example, was absolved

for eleven ducats



Pope excommunicated him as a heretic



Pope and emperor maintain both

positions with equal logic



Portion of these revenues savoured much

of black-mail



Possible to do, only because we see

that it has been done



Pot-valiant hero



Power the poison of which it is so

difficult to resist



Power to read and write helped the

clergy to much wealth



Power grudged rather than given to the

deputies



Practised successfully the talent of

silence



Pray here for satiety, (said Cecil)

than ever think of variety



Preferred an open enemy to a

treacherous protector



Premature zeal was prejudicial to the

cause



Presents of considerable sums of money

to the negotiators made



Presumption in entitling themselves

Christian



Preventing wrong, or violence, even

towards an enemy



Priests shall control the state or the

state govern the priests



Princes show what they have in them at

twenty-five  or never



Prisoners were immediately hanged



Privileged to beg, because ashamed to

work



Proceeds of his permission to eat meat

on Fridays



Proclaiming the virginity of the

Virgin's mother



Procrastination was always his first

refuge



Progress should be by a spiral movement



Promises which he knew to be binding

only upon the weak



Proposition made by the wolves to the

sheep, in the fable



Protect the common tranquillity by

blood, purse, and life



Provided not one Huguenot be left alive

in France



Public which must have a slain

reputation to devour



Purchased absolution for crime and

smoothed a pathway to heaven



Puritanism in Holland was a very

different thing from England



Put all those to the torture out of

whom anything can be got



Putting the cart before the oxen



Queen is entirely in the hands of Spain

and the priests



Questioning nothing, doubting nothing,

fearing nothing



Quite mistaken: in supposing himself

the Emperor's child



Radical, one who would uproot, is a man

whose trade is dangerous



Rarely able to command, having never

learned to obey



Rashness alternating with hesitation



Rather a wilderness to reign over than

a single heretic



Readiness to strike and bleed at any

moment in her cause



Readiness at any moment to defend

dearly won liberties



Rearing gorgeous temples where paupers

are to kneel



Reasonable to pay our debts rather than

to repudiate them



Rebuked him for his obedience



Rebuked the bigotry which had already

grown



Recall of a foreign minister for

alleged misconduct in office



Reformer who becomes in his turn a

bigot is doubly odious



Reformers were capable of giving a

lesson even to inquisitors



Religion was made the strumpet of

Political Ambition



Religion was rapidly ceasing to be the

line of demarcation



Religion was not to be changed like a

shirt



Religious toleration, which is a phrase

of insult



Religious persecution of Protestants by

Protestants



Repentance, as usual, had come many

hours too late



Repentant males to be executed with the

sword



Repentant females to be buried alive



Repose under one despot guaranteed to

them by two others



Repose in the other world, "Repos

ailleurs"



Republic, which lasted two centuries



Republics are said to be ungrateful



Repudiation of national debts was never

heard of before



Requires less mention than Philip III

himself



Resolve to maintain the civil authority

over the military



Resolved thenceforth to adopt a system

of ignorance



Respect for differences in religious

opinions



Result was both to abandon the

provinces and to offend Philip



Revocable benefices or feuds



Rich enough to be worth robbing



Righteous to kill their own children



Road to Paris lay through the gates of

Rome



Rose superior to his doom and took

captivity captive



Round game of deception, in which

nobody was deceived



Royal plans should be enforced

adequately or abandoned entirely



Ruinous honors



Rules adopted in regard to pretenders

to crowns



Sacked and drowned ten infant princes



Sacrificed by the Queen for faithfully

obeying her orders



Safest citadel against an invader and a

tyrant is distrust



Sages of every generation, read the

future like a printed scroll



Saint Bartholomew's day



Sale of absolutions was the source of

large fortunes to the priests



Same conjury over ignorant baron and

cowardly hind



Scaffold was the sole refuge from the

rack



Scepticism, which delights in reversing

the judgment of centuries



Schism in the Church had become a

public fact



Schism which existed in the general

Reformed Church



Science of reigning was the science of

lying



Scoffing at the ceremonies and

sacraments of the Church



Secret drowning was substituted for

public burning



Secure the prizes of war without the

troubles and dangers



Security is dangerous



Seeking protection for and against the

people



Seem as if born to make the idea of

royalty ridiculous



Seemed bent on self-destruction



Seems but a change of masks, of

costume, of phraseology



Sees the past in the pitiless light of

the present



Self-assertion--the healthful but not

engaging attribute



Self-educated man, as he had been a

self-taught boy



Selling the privilege of eating eggs

upon fast-days



Senectus edam maorbus est



Sent them word by carrier pigeons



Sentiment of Christian self-complacency



Sentimentality that seems highly

apocryphal



Served at their banquets by hosts of

lackeys on their knees



Seven Spaniards were killed, and seven

thousand rebels



Sewers which have ever run beneath

decorous Christendom



Shall Slavery die, or the great

Republic?



Sharpened the punishment for reading

the scriptures in private



She relieth on a hope that will deceive

her



She declined to be his procuress



She knew too well how women were

treated in that country



Shift the mantle of religion from one

shoulder to the other



Shutting the stable-door when the steed

is stolen



Sick soldiers captured on the water

should be hanged



Sick and wounded wretches were burned

over slow fires



Simple truth was highest skill



Sixteen of their best ships had been

sacrificed



Slain four hundred and ten men with his

own hand



Slavery was both voluntary and

compulsory



Slender stock of platitudes



Small matter which human folly had

dilated into a great one



Smooth words, in the plentiful lack of

any substantial



So much responsibility and so little

power



So often degenerated into tyranny

(Calvinism)



So much in advance of his time as to

favor religious equality



So unconscious of her strength



Soldier of the cross was free upon his

return



Soldiers enough to animate the good and

terrify the bad



Solitary and morose, the necessary

consequence of reckless study



Some rude lessons from that vigorous

little commonwealth



Sometimes successful, even although

founded upon sincerity



Sonnets of Petrarch



Sovereignty was heaven-born, anointed

of God



Spain was governed by an established

terrorism



Spaniards seem wise, and are madmen



Sparing and war have no affinity

together



Spendthrift of time, he was an

economist of blood



Spirit of a man who wishes to be proud

of his country



St. Peter's dome rising a little nearer

to the clouds



St. Bartholomew was to sleep for seven

years longer



Stake or gallows (for) heretics to

transubstantiation



Stand between hope and fear



State can best defend religion by

letting it alone



States were justified in their almost

unlimited distrust



Steeped to the lips in sloth which

imagined itself to be pride



Storm by which all these treasures were

destroyed (in 7 days)



Strangled his nineteen brothers on his

accession



Strength does a falsehood acquire in

determined and skilful hand



String of homely proverbs worthy of

Sancho Panza



Stroke of a broken table knife

sharpened on a carriage wheel



Studied according to his inclinations

rather than by rule



Style above all other qualities seems

to embalm for posterity



Subtle and dangerous enemy who wore the

mask of a friend



Succeeded so well, and had been

requited so ill



Successful in this step, he is ready

for greater ones



Such a crime as this had never been

conceived (bankruptcy)



Such an excuse was as bad as the

accusation



Suicide is confession



Superfluous sarcasm



Suppress the exercise of the Roman

religion



Sure bind, sure find



Sword in hand is the best pen to write

the conditions of peace



Take all their imaginations and

extravagances for truths



Talked impatiently of the value of my

time



Tanchelyn



Taxation upon sin



Taxed themselves as highly as fifty per

cent



Taxes upon income and upon consumption



Tempest of passion and prejudice



Ten thousand two hundred and twenty

individuals were burned



Tension now gave place to exhaustion



That vile and mischievous animal called

the people



That crowned criminal, Philip the

Second



That unholy trinity--Force; Dogma, and

Ignorance



That cynical commerce in human lives



That he tries to lay the fault on us is

pure malice



The tragedy of Don Carlos



The worst were encouraged with their

good success



The history of the Netherlands is

history of liberty



The great ocean was but a Spanish lake



The divine speciality of a few

transitory mortals



The sapling was to become the tree



The nation which deliberately carves

itself in pieces



The expenses of James's household



The Catholic League and the Protestant

Union



The blaze of a hundred and fifty

burning vessels



The magnitude of this wonderful

sovereign's littleness



The defence of the civil authority

against the priesthood



The assassin, tortured and torn by four

horses



The Gaul was singularly unchaste



The vivifying becomes afterwards the

dissolving principle



The bad Duke of Burgundy, Philip

surnamed "the Good,"



The greatest crime, however, was to be

rich



The more conclusive arbitration of

gunpowder



The disunited provinces



The noblest and richest temple of the

Netherlands was a wreck



The voice of slanderers



The calf is fat and must be killed



The illness was a convenient one



The egg had been laid by Erasmus,

hatched by Luther



The perpetual reproductions of history



The very word toleration was to sound

like an insult



The most thriving branch of national

industry (Smuggler)



The pigmy, as the late queen had been

fond of nicknaming him



The slightest theft was punished with

the gallows



The art of ruling the world by doing

nothing



The wisest statesmen are prone to

blunder in affairs of war



The Alcoran was less cruel than the

Inquisition



The People had not been invented



The small children diminished rapidly

in numbers



The busy devil of petty economy



The record of our race is essentially

unwritten



The truth in shortest about matters of

importance



The time for reasoning had passed



The effect of energetic, uncompromising

calumny



The evils resulting from a confederate

system of government



The vehicle is often prized more than

the freight



The faithful servant is always a

perpetual ass



The dead men of the place are my

intimate friends



The loss of hair, which brings on

premature decay



The personal gifts which are nature's

passport everywhere



The nation is as much bound to be

honest as is the individual



The fellow mixes blood with his colors!



Their existence depended on war



Their own roofs were not quite yet in a

blaze



Theological hatred was in full blaze

throughout the country



Theology and politics were one



There is no man who does not desire to

enjoy his own



There was but one king in Europe, Henry

the Bearnese



There are few inventions in morals



There was no use in holding language of

authority to him



There was apathy where there should

have been enthusiasm



There is no man fitter for that purpose

than myself



Therefore now denounced the man whom he

had injured



These human victims, chained and

burning at the stake



They had come to disbelieve in the

mystery of kingcraft



They chose to compel no man's

conscience



They could not invent or imagine

toleration



They knew very little of us, and that

little wrong



They have killed him, 'e ammazato,'

cried Concini



They were always to deceive every one,

upon every occasion



They liked not such divine right nor

such gentle-mindedness



They had at last burned one more

preacher alive



Things he could tell which are too

odious and dreadful



Thirty thousand masses should be said

for his soul



Thirty-three per cent. interest was

paid (per month)



Thirty Years' War tread on the heels of

the forty years



This Somebody may have been one whom we

should call Nobody



This, then, is the reward of forty

years' service to the State



This obstinate little republic



This wonderful sovereign's littleness

oppresses the imagination



Those who fish in troubled waters only

to fill their own nets



Those who "sought to swim between two

waters"



Those who argue against a foregone

conclusion



Thought that all was too little for him



Thousands of burned heretics had not

made a single convert



Three hundred fighting women



Three hundred and upwards are hanged

annually in London



Three or four hundred petty sovereigns

(of Germany)



Throw the cat against their legs



Thus Hand-werpen, hand-throwing, became

Antwerp



Time and myself are two



Tis pity he is not an Englishman



To think it capable of error, is the

most devilish heresy of all



To stifle for ever the right of free

enquiry



To attack England it was necessary to

take the road of Ireland



To hear the last solemn commonplaces



To prefer poverty  to the wealth

attendant upon trade



To shirk labour, infinite numbers

become priests and friars



To doubt the infallibility of Calvin

was as heinous a crime



To negotiate with Government in England

was to bribe



To milk, the cow as long as she would

give milk



To work, ever to work, was the primary

law of his nature



To negotiate was to bribe right and

left, and at every step



To look down upon their inferior and

lost fellow creatures



Toil and sacrifices of those who have

preceded us



Tolerate another religion that his own

may be tolerated



Tolerating religious liberty had never

entered his mind



Toleration--that intolerable term of

insult



Toleration thought the deadliest heresy

of all



Torquemada's administration (of the

inquisition)



Torturing, hanging, embowelling of men,

women, and children



Tranquil insolence



Tranquillity rather of paralysis than

of health



Tranquillity of despotism to the

turbulence of freedom



Triple marriages between the respective

nurseries



Trust her sword, not her enemy's word



Twas pity, he said, that both should be

heretics



Twenty assaults upon fame and had forty

books killed under him



Two witnesses sent him to the stake,

one witness to the rack



Tyrannical spirit of Calvinism



Tyranny, ever young and ever old,

constantly reproducing herself



Uncouple the dogs and let them run



Under the name of religion (so many

crimes)



Understood the art of managing men,

particularly his superiors



Undue anxiety for impartiality



Unduly dejected in adversity



Unequivocal policy of slave

emancipation



Unimaginable outrage as the most

legitimate industry



Universal suffrage was not dreamed of

at that day



Unlearned their faith in bell, book,

and candle



Unproductive consumption being

accounted most sagacious



Unproductive consumption was alarmingly

increasing



Unremitted intellectual labor in an

honorable cause



Unwise impatience for peace



Upon their knees, served the queen with

wine



Upon one day twenty-eight master cooks

were dismissed



Upper and lower millstones of royal

wrath and loyal subserviency



Use of the spade



Usual phraseology of enthusiasts



Usual expedient by which bad

legislation on one side countered



Utter disproportions between the king's

means and aims



Utter want of adaptation of his means

to his ends



Uttering of my choler doth little ease

my grief or help my case



Uunmeaning phrases of barren benignity



Vain belief that they were men at

eighteen or twenty



Valour on the one side and discretion

on the other



Villagers, or villeins



Visible atmosphere of power the poison

of which



Volatile word was thought preferable to

the permanent letter



Vows of an eternal friendship of

several weeks' duration



Waiting the pleasure of a capricious

and despotic woman



Walk up and down the earth and destroy

his fellow-creatures



War was the normal and natural

condition of mankind



War was the normal condition of

Christians



War to compel the weakest to follow the

religion of the strongest



Was it astonishing that murder was more

common than fidelity?



Wasting time fruitlessly is sharpening

the knife for himself



We were sold by their negligence who

are now angry with us



We believe our mothers to have been

honest women



We are beginning to be vexed



We must all die once



We have been talking a little bit of

truth to each other



We have the reputation of being a good

housewife



We mustn't tickle ourselves to make

ourselves laugh



Wealth was an unpardonable sin



Wealthy Papists could obtain immunity

by an enormous fine



Weapons



Weary of place without power



Weep oftener for her children than is

the usual lot of mothers



Weight of a thousand years of error



What exchequer can accept chronic

warfare and escape bankruptcy



What could save the House of Austria,

the cause of Papacy



What was to be done in this world and

believed as to the next



When persons of merit suffer without

cause



When all was gone, they began to eat

each other



When the abbot has dice in his pocket,

the convent will play



Whether dead infants were hopelessly

damned



Whether murders or stratagems, as if

they were acts of virtue



Whether repentance could effect

salvation



While one's friends urge moderation



Who the "people" exactly were



Who loved their possessions better than

their creed



Whole revenue was pledged to pay the

interest, on his debts



Whose mutual hatred was now artfully

inflamed by partisans



William of Nassau, Prince of Orange



William Brewster



Wise and honest a man, although he be

somewhat longsome



Wiser simply to satisfy himself



Wish to sell us the bear-skin before

they have killed the bear



Wish to appear learned in matters of

which they are ignorant



With something of feline and feminine

duplicity



Wonder equally at human capacity to

inflict and to endure misery



Wonders whether it has found its harbor

or only lost its anchor



Word peace in Spanish mouths simply

meant the Holy Inquisition



Word-mongers who, could clothe one

shivering thought



Words are always interpreted to the

disadvantage of the weak



Work of the aforesaid Puritans and a

few Jesuits



World has rolled on to fresher fields

of carnage and ruin



Worn crescents in their caps at Leyden



Worn nor caused to be worn the collar

of the serf



Worship God according to the dictates

of his conscience



Would not help to burn fifty or sixty

thousand Netherlanders



Wrath of the Jesuits at this exercise

of legal authority



Wrath of bigots on both sides



Wrath of that injured personage as he

read such libellous truths



Wringing a dry cloth for drops of

evidence



Write so illegibly or express himself

so awkwardly



Writing letters full of injured

innocence



Yes, there are wicked men about



Yesterday is the preceptor of To-morrow



You must show your teeth to the

Spaniard





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