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John Lothrop Motley
April 15, 1814 - May 29, 1877
Nationality: American
Category: Historian
Subcategory: American Historian

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


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


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


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


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


A good lawyer is a bad Christian.


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


The whole territory of the Netherlands was girt with forests.


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


Wealth brings strength, strength confidence.


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


A terrible animal, indeed, is an unbridled woman.


Thus the liberties of Holland and Flanders waxed, daily, stronger.


History shows how feeble are barriers of paper.


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


When did one man ever civilize a people?


Enthusiasm could not supply the place of experience.


With the Germans, the sovereignty resided in the great assembly of the people.


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


Thus the whole country was broken into many shreds and patches of sovereignty.


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