The Life of Thuanus: With Some Account of His Writings, and a Translation of the Preface to His History

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Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1807 - France - 467 pages

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Page 7 - ... that I never heard this great man dispute on the controverted points of faith; and I am well assured that he never did discuss them but upon provocation, and then reluctantly. Independently of his religious opinions, were there not in Scaliger the most transcendant attainments of human erudition ? And did not the singular endowments bestowed upon him by Heaven claim the veneration of all worthy men ? This apology for a friendship with a Huguenot is a humiliating confession of the degraded state...
Page 396 - ... is infused into well-prepared minds by a conviction of the truth, with the concurrence of divine grace. Tortures have no influence over her : in fact, they rather tend to make men obstinate, than to subdue or persuade them. . . . Confiding in the support of God's grace, the religious man is content to suffer; and the ills, to which mortality is liable, he takes to himself without complaint.
Page 381 - In raillery assume a gayer air, Discreetly hide your strength, your vigour spare; For ridicule shall frequently prevail, And cut the knot, when graver reasons fail.
Page 133 - He has perused your dedication of your history to His Majesty King Henry, and said that it was one of the finest pieces of writing he had ever read, not excepting the works of antiquity : and sincerely, for my own part, the more I read it, the more I find my admiration of its beauties encreased. " You have undertaken a great work...
Page 391 - I have said, to begin to write in camps, in the midst of sieges and the noise of arms, when my mind was engrossed by the variety and importance of events, and sought, in composition, a relief from public calamity. My work has been continued and completed in your Majesty's court, amongst the oppressive labours of the law, foreign journies, and other avocations...
Page 395 - Experience has taught us, that fire and sword, exile and proscription, rather irritate than heal the distemper, that has its seat in the mind. These only affect the body; but judicious and edifying doctrine, gently instilled, descends into the heart.
Page 391 - It is the first law of history to fear to record what is false, and, in the next place, not to want courage in relating the truth.
Page 396 - God's grace, the religious man is content to suffer ; and the ills, to which mortality is liable, he takes to himself without complaint. . . . Let the executioner stand before him ; let him prepare tortures, whet the knife, and kindle the pile ; he will still persevere : and his mind will dwell, not upon what he is to endure, but upon the part which it behoves him to act. His happiness is within his own bosom, and whatever assails him outwardly is trivial, and only grazes the surface of the body....

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