The rise of the Dutch Republic must ever be regarded as one of the leading events of modern times.
Quote by John Lothrop Motley
John Lothrop Motley Quotes
When did one man ever civilize a people?
The sword - the first, for a time the only force: the force of iron.
The ferocious inroads of the Normans scared many weak and timid persons into servitude.
A terrible animal, indeed, is an unbridled woman.
In Gaul were two orders, the nobility and the priesthood, while the people, says Caesar,...
The gigantic Gaul derided the Roman soldiers as a band of pigmies.
Thus the whole country was broken into many shreds and patches of sovereignty.
Thus again the Netherlands, for the first time since the fall of Rome, were united...
In the tenth century the old Batavian and later Roman forms have faded away.
With the Germans, the sovereignty resided in the great assembly of the people.
Enthusiasm could not supply the place of experience.
The whole territory of the Netherlands was girt with forests.
A good lawyer is a bad Christian.
Thus the liberties of Holland and Flanders waxed, daily, stronger.
A new civilization was not to be improvised by a single mind.
A third force, developing itself more slowly, becomes even more potent than the rest: the...
History shows how feeble are barriers of paper.
The history of the Franks becomes, therefore, the history of the Netherlands.
A soil, exhausted by the long culture of Pagan empires, was to lie fallow for...
The crusades made great improvement in the condition of the serfs.