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Picturesqueness of crime

Placid unconsciousness on his part of

Plain enough that he is telling his own

Planted the inquisition in the

Played so long with other men's
characters and good name

Plea of infallibility and of authority
soon becomes ridiculous

Plundering the country which they came
to protect

Poisoning, for example, was absolved
for eleven ducats

Pope excommunicated him as a heretic

Pope and emperor maintain both
positions with equal logic

Portion of these revenues savoured much
of black-mail

Possible to do, only because we see
that it has been done

Pot-valiant hero

Power the poison of which it is so
difficult to resist

Power to read and write helped the
clergy to much wealth

Power grudged rather than given to the

Practised successfully the talent of

Pray here for satiety, (said Cecil)
than ever think of variety

Preferred an open enemy to a
treacherous protector

Premature zeal was prejudicial to the

Presents of considerable sums of money
to the negotiators made

Presumption in entitling themselves

Preventing wrong, or violence, even
towards an enemy

Priests shall control the state or the
state govern the priests

Princes show what they have in them at
twenty-five or never

Prisoners were immediately hanged

Privileged to beg, because ashamed to

Proceeds of his permission to eat meat
on Fridays

Proclaiming the virginity of the
Virgin's mother

Procrastination was always his first

Progress should be by a spiral movement

Promises which he knew to be binding
only upon the weak

Proposition made by the wolves to the
sheep, in the fable

Protect the common tranquillity by
blood, purse, and life

Provided not one Huguenot be left alive
in France

Public which must have a slain
reputation to devour

Purchased absolution for crime and
smoothed a pathway to heaven

Puritanism in Holland was a very
different thing from England

Put all those to the torture out of
whom anything can be got

Putting the cart before the oxen

Queen is entirely in the hands of Spain
and the priests

Questioning nothing, doubting nothing,
fearing nothing

Quite mistaken: in supposing himself
the Emperor's child

Radical, one who would uproot, is a man
whose trade is dangerous

Rarely able to command, having never
learned to obey

Rashness alternating with hesitation

Rather a wilderness to reign over than
a single heretic

Readiness to strike and bleed at any
moment in her cause

Readiness at any moment to defend
dearly won liberties

Rearing gorgeous temples where paupers
are to kneel

Reasonable to pay our debts rather than
to repudiate them

Rebuked him for his obedience

Rebuked the bigotry which had already

Recall of a foreign minister for
alleged misconduct in office

Reformer who becomes in his turn a
bigot is doubly odious

Reformers were capable of giving a
lesson even to inquisitors

Religion was made the strumpet of
Political Ambition

Religion was rapidly ceasing to be the
line of demarcation

Religion was not to be changed like a

Religious toleration, which is a phrase
of insult

Religious persecution of Protestants by

Repentance, as usual, had come many
hours too late

Repentant males to be executed with the

Repentant females to be buried alive

Repose under one despot guaranteed to
them by two others

Repose in the other world, "Repos

Republic, which lasted two centuries

Republics are said to be ungrateful

Repudiation of national debts was never
heard of before

Requires less mention than Philip III

Resolve to maintain the civil authority
over the military

Resolved thenceforth to adopt a system
of ignorance

Respect for differences in religious

Result was both to abandon the
provinces and to offend Philip

Revocable benefices or feuds

Rich enough to be worth robbing

Righteous to kill their own children

Road to Paris lay through the gates of

Rose superior to his doom and took
captivity captive

Round game of deception, in which
nobody was deceived

Royal plans should be enforced
adequately or abandoned entirely

Ruinous honors

Rules adopted in regard to pretenders
to crowns

Sacked and drowned ten infant princes

Sacrificed by the Queen for faithfully
obeying her orders

Safest citadel against an invader and a
tyrant is distrust

Sages of every generation, read the
future like a printed scroll

Saint Bartholomew's day

Sale of absolutions was the source of
large fortunes to the priests

Same conjury over ignorant baron and
cowardly hind

Scaffold was the sole refuge from the

Scepticism, which delights in reversing
the judgment of centuries

Schism in the Church had become a
public fact

Schism which existed in the general
Reformed Church

Science of reigning was the science of

Scoffing at the ceremonies and
sacraments of the Church

Secret drowning was substituted for
public burning

Secure the prizes of war without the
troubles and dangers

Security is dangerous

Seeking protection for and against the

Seem as if born to make the idea of
royalty ridiculous

Seemed bent on self-destruction

Seems but a change of masks, of
costume, of phraseology

Sees the past in the pitiless light of
the present

Self-assertion--the healthful but not
engaging attribute

Self-educated man, as he had been a
self-taught boy

Selling the privilege of eating eggs
upon fast-days

Senectus edam maorbus est

Sent them word by carrier pigeons

Sentiment of Christian self-complacency

Sentimentality that seems highly

Served at their banquets by hosts of
lackeys on their knees

Seven Spaniards were killed, and seven
thousand rebels

Sewers which have ever run beneath
decorous Christendom

Shall Slavery die, or the great

Sharpened the punishment for reading
the scriptures in private

She relieth on a hope that will deceive

She declined to be his procuress

She knew too well how women were
treated in that country

Shift the mantle of religion from one
shoulder to the other

Shutting the stable-door when the steed
is stolen

Sick soldiers captured on the water
should be hanged

Sick and wounded wretches were burned
over slow fires

Simple truth was highest skill

Sixteen of their best ships had been

Slain four hundred and ten men with his
own hand

Slavery was both voluntary and

Slender stock of platitudes

Small matter which human folly had
dilated into a great one

Smooth words, in the plentiful lack of
any substantial

So much responsibility and so little

So often degenerated into tyranny

So much in advance of his time as to
favor religious equality

So unconscious of her strength

Soldier of the cross was free upon his

Soldiers enough to animate the good and
terrify the bad

Solitary and morose, the necessary
consequence of reckless study

Some rude lessons from that vigorous
little commonwealth

Sometimes successful, even although
founded upon sincerity

Sonnets of Petrarch

Sovereignty was heaven-born, anointed
of God

Spain was governed by an established

Spaniards seem wise, and are madmen

Sparing and war have no affinity

Spendthrift of time, he was an
economist of blood

Spirit of a man who wishes to be proud
of his country

St. Peter's dome rising a little nearer
to the clouds

St. Bartholomew was to sleep for seven
years longer

Stake or gallows (for) heretics to

Stand between hope and fear

State can best defend religion by
letting it alone

States were justified in their almost
unlimited distrust

Steeped to the lips in sloth which
imagined itself to be pride

Storm by which all these treasures were
destroyed (in 7 days)

Strangled his nineteen brothers on his

Strength does a falsehood acquire in
determined and skilful hand

String of homely proverbs worthy of
Sancho Panza

Stroke of a broken table knife
sharpened on a carriage wheel

Studied according to his inclinations
rather than by rule

Style above all other qualities seems
to embalm for posterity

Subtle and dangerous enemy who wore the
mask of a friend

Succeeded so well, and had been
requited so ill

Successful in this step, he is ready
for greater ones

Such a crime as this had never been
conceived (bankruptcy)

Such an excuse was as bad as the

Suicide is confession

Superfluous sarcasm

Suppress the exercise of the Roman

Sure bind, sure find

Sword in hand is the best pen to write
the conditions of peace

Take all their imaginations and
extravagances for truths

Talked impatiently of the value of my


Taxation upon sin

Taxed themselves as highly as fifty per

Taxes upon income and upon consumption

Tempest of passion and prejudice

Ten thousand two hundred and twenty
individuals were burned

Tension now gave place to exhaustion

That vile and mischievous animal called
the people

That crowned criminal, Philip the

That unholy trinity--Force; Dogma, and

That cynical commerce in human lives

That he tries to lay the fault on us is
pure malice

The tragedy of Don Carlos

The worst were encouraged with their
good success

The history of the Netherlands is
history of liberty

The great ocean was but a Spanish lake

The divine speciality of a few
transitory mortals

The sapling was to become the tree

The nation which deliberately carves
itself in pieces

The expenses of James's household

The Catholic League and the Protestant

The blaze of a hundred and fifty
burning vessels

The magnitude of this wonderful
sovereign's littleness

The defence of the civil authority
against the priesthood

The assassin, tortured and torn by four

The Gaul was singularly unchaste

The vivifying becomes afterwards the
dissolving principle

The bad Duke of Burgundy, Philip
surnamed "the Good,"

The greatest crime, however, was to be

The more conclusive arbitration of

The disunited provinces

The noblest and richest temple of the
Netherlands was a wreck

The voice of slanderers

The calf is fat and must be killed

The illness was a convenient one

The egg had been laid by Erasmus,
hatched by Luther

The perpetual reproductions of history

The very word toleration was to sound
like an insult

The most thriving branch of national
industry (Smuggler)

The pigmy, as the late queen had been
fond of nicknaming him

The slightest theft was punished with
the gallows

The art of ruling the world by doing

The wisest statesmen are prone to
blunder in affairs of war

The Alcoran was less cruel than the

The People had not been invented

The small children diminished rapidly
in numbers

The busy devil of petty economy

The record of our race is essentially

The truth in shortest about matters of

The time for reasoning had passed

The effect of energetic, uncompromising

The evils resulting from a confederate
system of government

The vehicle is often prized more than
the freight

The faithful servant is always a
perpetual ass

The dead men of the place are my
intimate friends

The loss of hair, which brings on
premature decay

The personal gifts which are nature's
passport everywhere

The nation is as much bound to be
honest as is the individual

The fellow mixes blood with his colors!

Their existence depended on war

Their own roofs were not quite yet in a

Theological hatred was in full blaze
throughout the country

Theology and politics were one

There is no man who does not desire to
enjoy his own

There was but one king in Europe, Henry
the Bearnese

There are few inventions in morals

There was no use in holding language of
authority to him

There was apathy where there should
have been enthusiasm

There is no man fitter for that purpose
than myself

Therefore now denounced the man whom he
had injured

These human victims, chained and
burning at the stake

They had come to disbelieve in the
mystery of kingcraft

They chose to compel no man's

They could not invent or imagine

They knew very little of us, and that
little wrong

They have killed him, 'e ammazato,'
cried Concini

They were always to deceive every one,
upon every occasion

They liked not such divine right nor
such gentle-mindedness

They had at last burned one more
preacher alive

Things he could tell which are too
odious and dreadful

Thirty thousand masses should be said
for his soul

Thirty-three per cent. interest was
paid (per month)

Thirty Years' War tread on the heels of
the forty years

This Somebody may have been one whom we
should call Nobody

This, then, is the reward of forty
years' service to the State

This obstinate little republic

This wonderful sovereign's littleness
oppresses the imagination

Those who fish in troubled waters only
to fill their own nets

Those who "sought to swim between two

Those who argue against a foregone

Thought that all was too little for him

Thousands of burned heretics had not
made a single convert

Three hundred fighting women

Three hundred and upwards are hanged
annually in London

Three or four hundred petty sovereigns
(of Germany)

Throw the cat against their legs

Thus Hand-weapen, hand-throwing, became

Time and myself are two

Tis pity he is not an Englishman

To think it capable of error, is the
most devilish heresy of all

To stifle for ever the right of free

To attack England it was necessary to
take the road of Ireland

To hear the last solemn commonplaces

To prefer poverty to the wealth
attendant upon trade

To shirk labour, infinite numbers
become priests and friars

To doubt the infallibility of Calvin
was as heinous a crime

To negotiate with Government in England
was to bribe

To milk, the cow as long as she would
give milk

To work, ever to work, was the primary
law of his nature

To negotiate was to bribe right and
left, and at every step

To look down upon their inferior and
lost fellow creatures

Toil and sacrifices of those who have
preceded us

Tolerate another religion that his own
may be tolerated

Tolerating religious liberty had never
entered his mind

Toleration--that intolerable term of

Toleration thought the deadliest heresy
of all

Torquemada's administration (of the

Torturing, hanging, embowelling of men,
women, and children

Tranquil insolence

Tranquillity rather of paralysis than
of health

Tranquillity of despotism to the
turbulence of freedom

Triple marriages between the respective

Trust her sword, not her enemy's word

Twas pity, he said, that both should be

Twenty assaults upon fame and had forty
books killed under him

Two witnesses sent him to the stake,
one witness to the rack

Tyrannical spirit of Calvinism

Tyranny, ever young and ever old,
constantly reproducing herself

Uncouple the dogs and let them run

Under the name of religion (so many

Understood the art of managing men,
particularly his superiors

Undue anxiety for impartiality

Unduly dejected in adversity

Unequivocal policy of slave

Unimaginable outrage as the most
legitimate industry

Universal suffrage was not dreamed of
at that day

Unlearned their faith in bell, book,
and candle

Unproductive consumption being
accounted most sagacious

Unproductive consumption was alarmingly

Unremitted intellectual labor in an
honorable cause

Unwise impatience for peace

Upon their knees, served the queen with

Upon one day twenty-eight master cooks
were dismissed

Upper and lower millstones of royal
wrath and loyal subserviency

Use of the spade

Usual phraseology of enthusiasts

Usual expedient by which bad
legislation on one side countered

Utter disproportions between the king's
means and aims

Utter want of adaptation of his means
to his ends

Uttering of my choler doth little ease
my grief or help my case

Uunmeaning phrases of barren benignity

Vain belief that they were men at
eighteen or twenty

Valour on the one side and discretion
on the other

Villagers, or villeins

Visible atmosphere of power the poison
of which

Volatile word was thought preferable to
the permanent letter

Vows of an eternal friendship of
several weeks' duration

Waiting the pleasure of a capricious
and despotic woman

Walk up and down the earth and destroy
his fellow-creatures

War was the normal and natural
condition of mankind

War was the normal condition of

War to compel the weakest to follow the
religion of the strongest

Was it astonishing that murder was more
common than fidelity?

Wasting time fruitlessly is sharpening
the knife for himself

We were sold by their negligence who
are now angry with us

We believe our mothers to have been
honest women

We are beginning to be vexed

We must all die once

We have been talking a little bit of
truth to each other

We have the reputation of being a good

We mustn't tickle ourselves to make
ourselves laugh

Wealth was an unpardonable sin

Wealthy Papists could obtain immunity
by an enormous fine


Weary of place without power

Weep oftener for her children than is
the usual lot of mothers

Weight of a thousand years of error

What exchequer can accept chronic
warfare and escape bankruptcy

What could save the House of Austria,
the cause of Papacy

What was to be done in this world and
believed as to the next

When persons of merit suffer without

When all was gone, they began to eat
each other

When the abbot has dice in his pocket,
the convent will play

Whether dead infants were hopelessly

Whether murders or stratagems, as if
they were acts of virtue

Whether repentance could effect

While one's friends urge moderation

Who the "people" exactly were

Who loved their possessions better than
their creed

Whole revenue was pledged to pay the
interest, on his debts

Whose mutual hatred was now artfully
inflamed by partisans

William of Nassau, Prince of Orange

William Brewster

Wise and honest a man, although he be
somewhat longsome

Wiser simply to satisfy himself

Wish to sell us the bear-skin before
they have killed the bear

Wish to appear learned in matters of
which they are ignorant

With something of feline and feminine

Wonder equally at human capacity to
inflict and to endure misery

Wonders whether it has found its harbor
or only lost its anchor

Word peace in Spanish mouths simply
meant the Holy Inquisition

Word-mongers who, could clothe one
shivering thought

Words are always interpreted to the
disadvantage of the weak

Work of the aforesaid Puritans and a
few Jesuits

World has rolled on to fresher fields
of carnage and ruin

Worn crescents in their caps at Leyden

Worn nor caused to be worn the collar
of the serf

Worship God according to the dictates
of his conscience

Would not help to burn fifty or sixty
thousand Netherlanders

Wrath of the Jesuits at this exercise
of legal authority

Wrath of bigots on both sides

Wrath of that injured personage as he
read such libellous truths

Wringing a dry cloth for drops of

Write so illegibly or express himself
so awkwardly

Writing letters full of injured

Yes, there are wicked men about

Yesterday is the preceptor of To-morrow

You must show your teeth to the

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