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From William of Orange to William Pitt the younger
by Albert Bushnell Hart

From William of Orange to William Pitt the younger
there was but one man without whom English history
must have taken a different turn,
and that was William Pitt the elder.
- Albert Bushnell Hart

England and France were rivals, not only on the continent,
but in the West Indies, in India, and in Europe.
- Albert Bushnell Hart

On March 10, 1764, preliminary resolutions passed the
House of Commons looking towards the Stamp Act.
- Albert Bushnell Hart

The Stuart sovereigns of England steadily attempted
to strengthen their power,
and the resistance to that effort caused an immense
growth of Parliamentary influence.
- Albert Bushnell Hart

 

The colonies had little occasion to feel or to resent
direct royal prerogative.
- Albert Bushnell Hart

One of the strongest and most persistent elements in
national development has been that inheritance of political
traditions and usages which the new settlers brought with them.
- Albert Bushnell Hart

In government as well as in trade a new era came to the colonies in 1763.
- Albert Bushnell Hart

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Many attempts had been made by colonial legislatures
to cut off or to tax the importation of slaves.
- Albert Bushnell Hart

More emphasis was thus thrown upon the local governments than in England.
- Albert Bushnell Hart

Few characters in history are indispensable.
- Albert Bushnell Hart

Washington's defeat in 1754 was followed by active
military preparations on both sides.
- Albert Bushnell Hart

The old charters of Massachusetts, Virginia,
and the Carolinas had given title to strips of territory
extending from the Atlantic westward to the Pacific.
- Albert Bushnell Hart

In appearance the labor system of all the colonies was the same.
- Albert Bushnell Hart

In any event, colonization and the grant of lands were provincial matters.
- Albert Bushnell Hart

In 1763 the English were the most powerful nation in the world.
- Albert Bushnell Hart

Besides paid white laborers, there was everywhere a
class of white servants bound without wages for a term of years,
and a more miserable class of Negro slaves.
- Albert Bushnell Hart

As often happens during a war, some parts of the country prospered,
notwithstanding the constant loss.
- Albert Bushnell Hart

In each colony in 1750 were to be found two sets of governing organizations,
- the local and the general.
- Albert Bushnell Hart

Each colony became accustomed to planting new settlements
and to claiming new boundaries.
- Albert Bushnell Hart

In some of the middle colonies the towns and counties
were both active and had a relation with each other
which was the forerunner of the present system of local
government in the Western States.
- Albert Bushnell Hart

In comparison with other men of their time,
the Americans were distinguished by the possession
of new political and social ideas,
which were destined to be the foundation of the American commonwealth.
- Albert Bushnell Hart

The participation of the people in their own government
was the more significant,
because the colonies actually had what England only seemed to have,
- three departments of government.
- Albert Bushnell Hart

Everywhere among the English-speaking race criminal justice was rude,
and punishments were barbarous; but the tendency was
to do away with special privileges and legal exemptions.
- Albert Bushnell Hart

The growth of constitutional government,
as we now understand it, was promoted by the establishment
of two different sets of machinery for making laws
and carrying on government.
- Albert Bushnell Hart

The residence of the Plymouth settlers in the Netherlands,
and the later conquest of the Dutch colonies,
had brought the Americans into contact with the singularly
wise and free institutions of the Dutch.
- Albert Bushnell Hart

A well-developed sense of humor
is the pole that adds balance to your steps,
as you walk the tightrope of life.
- William Arthur Ward

What's done is done.
- William Shakespeare

This above all, to thine own self be true.
- William Shakespeare

The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.
- William Blake

There is nothing either good or bad,
but thinking makes it so.
- William Shakespeare

To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.
- William Shakespeare

To thine own self be true.
- William Shakespeare

Mother is the name for God
in the lips and hearts of little children.
- William Makepeace Thackeray

Formula to live your dream:
1. Be bold. 2. Begin now, 3. No exceptions.
- William James

The greatest discovery of any generation
is that a human being
can alter his life by
altering his attitude
- William James

The right to do something doesn't mean that doing it is right.
- William Safire

Nothing big ever came from being small.
- William J. Clinton

It is better to displease the people
by doing what you know is right.
- William J. H. Boetcker

Education is not the filling of a pail,
but the lighting of a fire.
- William Butler Yeats

Strength and wisdom are not opposing values.
- William J. Clinton

Be true to thyself.
- William Shakespeare
(paraphrase of Shakespeare's famous quote)

Destiny is not a matter of chance,
It is a matter of choice.
It is not something to be waited for,
But rather something to be achieved.
- William Jennings Bryan

That you may retain your self-respect, it is better
to displease the people by doing what you know is right,
than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong.
- William J. H. Boetcker

The way to develop self-confidence
is to do the thing you fear
and get a record of successful experiences behind you.
- William Jennings Bryan

Expectation is the root of all heartache.
- William Shakespeare

Never mind what others do;
do better than yourself,
beat your own record from day to day,
and you are a success.
- William J. H. Boetcker

Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not envy,
to follow but not imitate, to praise but not flatter,
and to lead but not manipulate.
- William Arthur Ward

Believe that life is worth living,
and your belief will help create the fact.
- William James

There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes.
- William John Bennett

If you can dream it, you can become it.
- William Arthur Ward

Only those who can leave behind everything they
have ever believed in can hope to escape.
- William S. Burroughs

It is neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.
- William Shakespeare

I will act as if what I do makes a difference.
- William James

Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
- William Shakespeare

Whenever you're in conflict with someone,
there is one factor that can make the difference
between damaging your relationship and deepening it.
That factor is attitude.
- William James

Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.
- William Shakespeare

No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings.
- William Blake

Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do.
Don't bother just to be better than
your contemporaries or predecessors.
Try to be better than yourself.
- William Faulkner

Neither a borrower nor a lender be,
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
- William Shakespeare

You are the most powerful cultural force in the world.
- William J. Clinton

A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.
- William James

The golden age is before us, not behind us.
- William Shakespeare

Success seems to be largely a matter
of hanging on after others have let go.
- William Feather

Don't bother just to be better than
your contemporaries or predecessors.
Try to be better than yourself.
- William Faulkner

We must teach our children to resolve
their conflicts with words, not weapons.
- William J. Clinton

We Learn...
10% of what we read,
20% of what we hear,
30% of what we see,
50% of what we see and hear,
70% of what we discuss,
80% of what we experience,
95% of what we teach others.
- William Glasser

O! beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-eyed monster which
doth mock the meat it feeds on.
- William Shakespeare

Things are seldom what they seem.
- William S. Gilbert (Gilbert and Sullivan: HMS Pinafore)

If you can imagine it, you can achieve it.
If you can dream it, you can become it.
- William Arthur Ward

This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
- William Shakespeare

If I mayn't tell you what I feel,
what is the use of a friend?
- William Makepeace Thackeray


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