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
Thus the whole country was broken into many shreds and patches of sovereignty.
The sword - the first, for a time the only force: the force of iron.
A soil, exhausted by the long culture of Pagan empires, was to lie fallow for...
Enthusiasm could not supply the place of experience.
Thus again the Netherlands, for the first time since the fall of Rome, were united...
For a century longer, Rome still retains its outward form, but the swarming nations are...
In Gaul were two orders, the nobility and the priesthood, while the people, says Caesar,...
History shows how feeble are barriers of paper.
With the Germans, the sovereignty resided in the great assembly of the people.
The crusades made great improvement in the condition of the serfs.
Give us the luxuries of life, and we will dispense with its necessaries
When did one man ever civilize a people?
In the tenth century the old Batavian and later Roman forms have faded away.
A new civilization was not to be improvised by a single mind.
Thus the liberties of Holland and Flanders waxed, daily, stronger.
The splendid empire of Charles the Fifth was erected upon the grave of liberty.
The gigantic Gaul derided the Roman soldiers as a band of pigmies.
A third force, developing itself more slowly, becomes even more potent than the rest: the...
Wealth brings strength, strength confidence.
The ferocious inroads of the Normans scared many weak and timid persons into servitude.