Italy

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Henry Smith Williams
The Times, 1907
 

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Página 187 - Through me you pass into the city of woe: Through me you pass into eternal pain: Through me among the people lost for aye. Justice the founder of my fabric moved: To rear me was the task of Power divine, Supremest Wisdom, and primeval Love. 19 Before me things create were none, save things Eternal, and eternal I endure. All hope abandon, ye who enter here.
Página 398 - If any doubt could be harboured, not as to the right of Leonardo da Vinci to stand as the first name of the fifteenth century, which is beyond all doubt, but as to his originality in so many discoveries, which, probably, no one man, especially in such circumstances, has ever made, it must be on a hypothesis, not very untenable, that some parts of physical science had already attained a height which mere books do not record.
Página 190 - This Dante, from his knowledge, was somewhat presumptuous, harsh, and disdainful, like an ungracious philosopher ; he scarcely deigned to converse with laymen ; but for his other virtues,* science, and worth as a citizen, it seems but reasonable to give him perpetual remembrance in this our chronicle...
Página 585 - To-day I have had no communication with my Carbonari cronies; but, in the mean time, my lower apartments are full of their bayonets, fusils, cartridges, and what not. I suppose that they consider me as a depot, to be sacrificed, in case of accidents. It is no great matter, supposing that Italy could be liberated, who or what is sacrificed. It is a grand object — the very poetry of politics. Only think— a free Italy ! ! 1 Why, there has been nothing like it since the days of Augustus.
Página 179 - But at the close of the thirteenth century Italy began to swarm with individuality; the ban laid upon human personality was dissolved; and a thousand figures meet us each in its own special shape and dress.
Página 179 - In the Middle Ages both sides of human consciousness — that which was turned within as that which was turned without - lay dreaming or half awake beneath a common veil. The veil was woven of faith, illusion and childish prepossession, through which the world and history were seen clad in strange hues. Man was conscious of himself only as member of a race, people, party, family, or corporation - only through some general category.
Página 495 - ... in nebulous stars, but especially in four planets which revolve round Jupiter at different intervals and periods with a wonderful celerity ; which, hitherto not known to any one, the author has recently been the first to detect, and has decreed to call the Medicean...
Página 251 - O2' whole world. But the vices of tyranny had not weakened his ability. He employed his immense wealth without prodigality ; his finances were always flourishing ; his cities well garrisoned and victualled ; his army well paid ; all the captains of adventure scattered throughout Italy received pensions from him, and were ready to return to his service whenever called upon. He encouraged the warriors of the new Italian school : he well knew how to distinguish, reward, and win their attachment.
Página 210 - Florence, but among the far-away fields of her lilies, was the child trained who was to raise that head-stone of Beauty above her towers of watch and war. Remember all that he became ; count the sacred thoughts with which he filled the heart of Italy ; ask those who followed him what they learned at his feet ; and when you have numbered his labours and received their testimony, if it seem to you that God had verily poured out upon this His servant no common nor restrained portion of His Spirit, and...
Página 251 - Grzvius, p. 320.) and pitiless, he joined to immeasurable ambition a genius for enterprise, and to immovable constancy a personal timidity which he did not endeavor to conceal. The least unexpected motion near him threw him into a paroxysm of nervous terror. No prince employed so many soldiers to guard his palace, or took such multiplied precautions of distrust.

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