By John Lothrop Motley

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Motley's History of the Netherlands

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The Siege of Antwerp

Prince William of Orange-Nassau (William the Silent)

The Earl of Leichester

Alexander Farnese, Prince of Parma

John of Barneveld


The Hague

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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


A free commonwealth--was thought an


A hard bargain when both parties are


A burnt cat fears the fire

A despot really keeps no accounts, nor

need to do so

A sovereign remedy for the disease of


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


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


Acts of violence which under pretext of


Admired or despised, as if he or she

were our contemporary

Adulation for inferiors whom they


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


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


All the majesty which decoration could


All denounced the image-breaking

All claimed the privilege of


All his disciples and converts are to

be punished with death

All Protestants were beheaded, burned,

or buried alive

All classes are conservative by


All the ministers and great

functionaries received presents

All offices were sold to the highest


Allow her to seek a profit from his


Allowed the demon of religious hatred

to enter into its body

Almost infinite power of the meanest of


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


An hereditary papacy, a perpetual pope-


An age when to think was a crime

An unjust God, himself the origin of


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


And give advice.  Of that, although

always a spendthrift

And now the knife of another priest-led


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


Argument in a circle

Argument is exhausted and either action

or compromise begins

Aristocracy of God's elect


Arrested on suspicion, tortured till


Arrive at their end by fraud, when

violence will not avail them


As logical as men in their cups are

prone to be

As the old woman had told the Emperor


As if they were free will not make them


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


At a blow decapitated France

At length the twig was becoming the


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


Barbara Blomberg, washerwoman of


Batavian legion was the imperial body


Beacons in the upward path of mankind

Beating the Netherlanders into


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


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


Beneficent and charitable purposes


best defence in this case is little

better than an impeachment

Bestowing upon others what was not his


Better to be governed by magistrates

than mobs

Better is the restlessness of a noble


Beware of a truce even more than of a


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


Burned, strangled, beheaded, or buried

alive (100,000)

Burned alive if they objected to


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


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


But not thoughtlessly indulgent to the


Butchery in the name of Christ was


By turns, we all govern and are


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'


Changed his positions and contradicted

himself day by day

Character of brave men to act, not to


Charles the Fifth autocrat of half the


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


Christian sympathy and a small

assistance not being sufficient

Chronicle of events must not be


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


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


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


Constitute themselves at once universal


Constitutional governments, move in the


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


Continuing to believe himself

invincible and infallible

Converting beneficent commerce into

baleful gambling

Could handle an argument as well as a


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


Country would bear his loss with


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


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


Crusades made great improvement in the

condition of the serfs

Culpable audacity and exaggerated


Customary oaths, to be kept with the

customary conscientiousness

Daily widening schism between Lutherans

and Calvinists

Deadliest of sins, the liberty of


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


Denoungced as an obstacle to peace

Depths theological party spirit could


Depths of credulity men in all ages can


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


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


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


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


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


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


Even for the rape of God's mother, if

that were possible

Ever met disaster with so cheerful a


Ever-swarming nurseries of mercenary


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


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


Father Cotton, who was only too ready

to betray the secrets

Fear of the laugh of the world at its


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


Fitter to obey than to command

Five great rivers hold the Netherland

territory in their coils

Flattery is a sweet and intoxicating


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


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


Forbids all private assemblies for


Force clerical--the power of clerks

Foremost to shake off the fetters of


Forget those who have done them good


Forgiving spirit on the part of the


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


Furious fanaticism

Furious mob set upon the house of Rem


Furnished, in addition, with a force of

two thousand prostitutes

Future world as laid down by rival


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


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


God Save the King!  It was the last


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


Great error of despising their enemy

Great war of religion and politics was


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


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


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


He who spreads the snare always tumbles

into the ditch himself

He who would have all may easily lose


He knew men, especially he knew their


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Hope deferred, suddenly changing to


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


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


I will never live, to see the end of my


Idea of freedom in commerce has dawned

upon nations

Idiotic principle of sumptuary


Idle, listless, dice-playing, begging,

filching vagabonds

If he had little, he could live upon


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


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


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


Indoor home life imprisons them in the

domestic circle

Indulging them frequently with oracular


Inevitable fate of talking castles and

listening ladies

Infamy of diplomacy, when diplomacy is

unaccompanied by honesty

Infinite capacity for pecuniary


Informer, in case of conviction, should

be entitled to one half

Inhabited by the savage tribes called


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


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


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


Its humility, seemed sufficiently


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


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


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


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


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


Ludicrous gravity

Luther's axiom, that thoughts are toll-


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


Made no breach in royal and Roman


Made to swing to and fro over a slow


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


Man is never so convinced of his own


Man who cannot dissemble is unfit to


Man had only natural wrongs (No natural


Man had no rights at all  He was


Mankind were naturally inclined to


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


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


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


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


Most detestable verses that even he had

ever composed

Most entirely truthful child whe had

ever seen

Motley was twice sacrificed to personal


Much as the blind or the deaf towards

colour or music

Myself seeing of it methinketh that I


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


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


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


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


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


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


Notre Dame at Antwerp

Nowhere was the persecution of heretics

more relentless

Nowhere were so few unproductive


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


Of high rank but of lamentably low


Often much tyranny in democracy

Often necessary to be blind and deaf

Oldenbarneveld; afterwards so


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


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


Our mortal life is but a string of

guesses at the future

Outdoing himself in dogmatism and


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


Party hatred was not yet glutted with

the blood it had drunk

Passion is a bad schoolmistress for the


Past was once the Present, and once the


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


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


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


Plain enough that he is telling his own


Planted the inquisition in the


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


Practised successfully the talent of


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


Presents of considerable sums of money

to the negotiators made

Presumption in entitling themselves


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


Proceeds of his permission to eat meat

on Fridays

Proclaiming the virginity of the

Virgin's mother

Procrastination was always his first


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


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


Religious toleration, which is a phrase

of insult

Religious persecution of Protestants by


Repentance, as usual, had come many

hours too late

Repentant males to be executed with the


Repentant females to be buried alive

Repose under one despot guaranteed to

them by two others

Repose in the other world, "Repos


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


Resolve to maintain the civil authority

over the military

Resolved thenceforth to adopt a system

of ignorance

Respect for differences in religious


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


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


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


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


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


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


Sharpened the punishment for reading

the scriptures in private

She relieth on a hope that will deceive


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


Slain four hundred and ten men with his

own hand

Slavery was both voluntary and


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


So often degenerated into tyranny


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


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


Spaniards seem wise, and are madmen

Sparing and war have no affinity


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


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


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


Suicide is confession

Superfluous sarcasm

Suppress the exercise of the Roman


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



Taxation upon sin

Taxed themselves as highly as fifty per


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


That unholy trinity--Force; Dogma, and


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


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


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


The more conclusive arbitration of


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


The wisest statesmen are prone to

blunder in affairs of war

The Alcoran was less cruel than the


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


The truth in shortest about matters of


The time for reasoning had passed

The effect of energetic, uncompromising


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


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


They could not invent or imagine


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


Those who argue against a foregone


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


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


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


Toleration thought the deadliest heresy

of all

Torquemada's administration (of the


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


Trust her sword, not her enemy's word

Twas pity, he said, that both should be


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


Understood the art of managing men,

particularly his superiors

Undue anxiety for impartiality

Unduly dejected in adversity

Unequivocal policy of slave


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


Unremitted intellectual labor in an

honorable cause

Unwise impatience for peace

Upon their knees, served the queen with


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


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


We mustn't tickle ourselves to make

ourselves laugh

Wealth was an unpardonable sin

Wealthy Papists could obtain immunity

by an enormous fine


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


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


Whether murders or stratagems, as if

they were acts of virtue

Whether repentance could effect


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


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


Write so illegibly or express himself

so awkwardly

Writing letters full of injured


Yes, there are wicked men about

Yesterday is the preceptor of To-morrow

You must show your teeth to the


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