The Life and Pontificate of Leo the Tenth, Volume 2

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Pagina 298 - Then did Car of Cambridge, and Ascham, with their lectures and writings, almost deify Cicero and Demosthenes, and allure all young men that were studious unto that delicate and polished kind of learning. Then did Erasmus take occasion to make the scoffing echo; Decem annos consumpsi in legendo Cicerone, and the echo answered in Greek, one, Asine.
Pagina 263 - Not what they would ? what praise could they receive ? What pleasure I from such obedience paid ? When will and reason, reason also is choice, Useless and vain, of freedom both despoil'd, Made passive both, had served necessity, Not me?
Pagina 298 - So that these four causes concurring, the admiration of ancient authors, the hate of the schoolmen, the exact study of languages, and the...
Pagina 298 - This grew speedily to an excess ; for men began to hunt more after words than matter ; and more after the choiceness of the phrase, and the round and clean composition of the sentence, and the sweet falling of the clauses, and the varying and illustration of their works with tropes and figures, than after the weight of matter, worth of subject, soundness of argument, life of invention, or depth of judgment.
Pagina 282 - Pallavic. lib. i. cap. xxvi. p. 160. that he had been more severe than became his religion and profession. That, however, he did not consider himself as a saint, but as a man liable to error, and that he could only say, in the words of Jesus Christ, If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil. That he was at all times ready to defend his opinions, and equally ready to retract any of them which might be proved from reason and Scripture, and not from authority, to be erroneous ; and would even,...
Pagina 280 - Christ, whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I deny before my Father who is in heaven.
Pagina 502 - That an astonishing proficiency in the improvement of the human intellect was made during the pontificate of Leo X. is universally allowed. That such proficiency is principally to be attributed to the exertions of that pontiff, will now perhaps be thought equally indisputable. Of the predominating influence of a powerful, an accomplished, or a fortunate individual on the character and manners of the age, the history of mankind furnishes innumerable instances; and happy is it for the world, when the...
Pagina 282 - Since your Majesty, and the sovereigns now present, require a simple answer, I shall reply thus, without evasion and without vehemence. Unless I be convinced, by the testimony of Scripture, or by evident reason (for I cannot rely on the authority of the Pope and councils alone, since it appears they have frequently erred and contradicted each other), and unless my conscience be subdued by the word of God, I neither can nor will retract any thing, seeing that to act against my own conscience is neither...
Pagina 305 - ... heretical innovators who had risen up against it. The protestants, no less confident that their doctrine was well founded, required, with equal ardour, the princes of their party to check such as presumed to impugn it.
Pagina 367 - Machiavel, who was born under a republic, who was employed as one of its secretaries, who performed so many important embassies, and who in his conversation always dwelt on the glorious actions of Brutus and Cassius, should have formed such a system against the liberty and happiness of mankind. Hence it has frequently been urged on his behalf, that it was not his intention to suggest wise and faithful counsels, but to represent in the darkest colours the schemes of a tyrant, and thereby excite odium...

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