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Goldwin Smith Quotes and Sayings

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The Romans, we are told, were by nature a peculiarly warlike race.
- Goldwin Smith

The materials of the novelist must be real;
they must be gathered from the field of humanity by his actual observation.
- Goldwin Smith

America is supposed to be given over to ugliness.
There are a good many ugly things there and the ugliest
are the most pretentious.
- Goldwin Smith

We must also be permitted to bear in mind that evolution,
though it may explain everything else,
cannot explain itself.
- Goldwin Smith

 

Never had there been such an attempt to make conquest
the servant of civilization.
About keeping India there is no question.
England has a real duty there.
- Goldwin Smith

Yet for my part, deeply as I am moved by the religious
architecture of the Middle Ages,
I cannot honestly say that I ever felt the slightest
emotion in any modern Gothic church.
- Goldwin Smith

The novelist must ground his work in faithful study of human nature.
- Goldwin Smith

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It is evident that in the period designated as that of the kings,
when Rome commenced her career of conquest,
she was, for that time and country, a great and wealthy city.
- Goldwin Smith

The novelist must look on humanity without partiality or prejudice.
His sympathy, like that of the historian,
must be unbounded, and untainted by sect or party.
- Goldwin Smith

Every one who has a heart, however ignorant of architecture he may be,
feels the transcendent beauty and poetry of the mediaeval churches.
- Goldwin Smith

As to London we must console ourselves with the thought
that if life outside is less poetic than it was in the days of old,
inwardly its poetry is much deeper.
- Goldwin Smith

The Roman legions were formed in the first instance of citizen soldiers,
who yet had been made to submit to a rigid discipline,
and to feel that in that submission lay their strength.
- Goldwin Smith

That Rome was comparatively great and wealthy is certain.
- Goldwin Smith

Above all nations is humanity.
- Goldwin Smith

The natural barriers between England and Scotland were
not sufficient to prevent the extension of the Saxon
settlements and kingdoms across the border.
- Goldwin Smith

There are the manufacturing multitudes of England;
they must have work,
and find markets for their work; if machines and the Black Country are ugly,
famine would be uglier still.
- Goldwin Smith

Art is expression, and to have high expression you
must have something high to express.
- Goldwin Smith

No student of history can fail to see the moral interest of the Middle Ages,
any more than an artist can fail to see their aesthetic interest.
- Goldwin Smith

If it were a real effort to live in the Middle Ages,
your life would be one perpetual prevarication.
- Goldwin Smith

The insular arrogance of the English character is a commonplace joke.
- Goldwin Smith

Personality is lower than partiality.
- Goldwin Smith

I heard Thackeray thank Heaven for the purity of Dickens.
I thanked Heaven for the purity of a greater than Dickens -
Thackeray himself.
- Goldwin Smith

Rome was great in arms, in government,
in law.
- Goldwin Smith

But if anyone supposes that there was no commercial
fraud in the Middle Ages,
let him study the commercial legislation of England for that period,
and his mind will be satisfied, if he has a mind to
be satisfied and not only a fancy to run away with him.
- Goldwin Smith

Who can doubt that between the English and the French,
between the Scotch and the Irish, there are differences
of character which have profoundly affected and still
affect the course of history?
- Goldwin Smith

Dante himself is open to the suspicion of partiality:
it is said,
not without apparent ground, that he puts into hell
all the enemies of the political cause,
which, in his eyes, was that of Italy and God.
- Goldwin Smith

There is a spell in mediaeval Art which has had power
to bewitch some people into trying,
or wishing to try, or fancying that they wish to try
or making believe to fancy that they wish to try,
to bring back the Middle Ages.
- Goldwin Smith

It is needless to say how great has been the influence
of the doctrine of Evolution,
or rather perhaps of the method of investigation to
which it has given birth,
upon the study of history, especially the history of institutions.
- Goldwin Smith

Whatever things may have been in their origin,
they are what they are, both in themselves and in regard
to their indications respecting other beings or influences
the existence of which may be implied in theirs.
- Goldwin Smith

If the Romans had been obliged to learn Latin,
they would never have found time to conquer the world.
- Heinrich Heine

The Romans were not inventors of the supporting arch,
but its extended use in vaults and intersecting barrel
shapes and domes is theirs.
- Harry Seidler

I think with the Romans, that the general of today
should be a soldier tomorrow if necessary.
- Thomas Jefferson

The old Romans all wished to have a king over them
because they had not yet tasted the sweetness of freedom.
- Titus Livius

The ancient Romans built their greatest masterpieces of architecture,
their amphitheaters, for wild beasts to fight in.
- Voltaire

We, to some degree, are like what we are because we
inherited certain things from the Greeks and the Romans.
One of them that's so striking is the whole area of politics.
- Donald Kagan

It's not the Jews that killed Christ.
It was a political situation, and it was the Romans who killed Jesus.
They put Jesus on the cross, not the Jews.
- Monica Bellucci

When in Rome, live as the Romans do;
when elsewhere,
live as they live elsewhere.
- Saint Ambrose

Another such victory over the Romans,
and we are undone.
- Pyrrhus

Every citizen should be a soldier.
This was the case with the Greeks and Romans,
and must be that of every free state.
- Thomas Jefferson

We were all Romans once, I guess.
- Omar Epps

The Romans held Britain from the invasion of Julius
Caesar till their voluntary withdrawal from the island,
A.D.
420,- that is, about five hundred years.
- Thomas Bulfinch

If you go back to the Greeks and Romans,
they talk about all three - wine, food,
and art - as a way of enhancing life.
- Robert Mondavi

In summary, the Romans were opposed to tyranny in any form;
and the feature of government to which they gave the
most thought was an elaborate system of checks and balances.
- Robert Welch

The reason the Romans built their great paved highways
was because they had such inconvenient footwear.
- Charles de Montesquieu

The Epistle to the Romans is an extremely important
synthesis of the whole theology of St.
Paul.
- Hans Kung

I've got a book of poetry by the bed,
one of these big collections that goes back to the Greeks and Romans.
- Martin C. Smith

There hasn't been this much excitement since the Romans
fed the Christians to the Lions.
- Sid Waddell

The Romans used every housing form known today and
they have a remarkably modern look.
- Stephen Gardiner

When my father arrived in Kenya, he had found the Kikuyu
way of life similar to that of the British at the time
the Romans invaded England 2,000 years ago.
- Louis Leakey

Our society is the product of several great religious
and philosophical traditions.
The ideas of the Greeks and Romans, Christianity,
Judaism, humanism and the Enlightenment have made us who we are.
- Jan Peter Balkenende

We find that the Romans owed the conquest of the world
to no other cause than continual military training,
exact observance of discipline in their camps,
and unwearied cultivation of the other arts of war.
- Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus

When their city was occupied by the Gauls,
and the Romans, who were besieged in the Capitol,
had made military engines from the hair of the women,
they dedicated a temple to the Bald Venus.
- Lactantius

The American people are sheep.
They're comfortable, rich, working.
It's like the Romans, they're happy with bread and their spectator sports.
The Super Bowl means more to them than any right.
- Jack Kevorkian

Well, if you look at the whole story,
I mean there's only Jews and Romans in the story.
I mean I just wanted to flesh that character out and
make that a drama about the people around Christ when
he was going through this passion.
- Mel Gibson

The Romans had been able to post their laws on boards in public places,
confidant that enough literate people existed to read them;
far into the Middle Ages,
even kings remained illiterate.
- J. M. Roberts

I leave no trace of wings in the air,
but I am glad I have had my flight.
- Rabindranath Tagore

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet

There are only two or three human stories,
and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely
as if they had never happened before.
- Willa Cather

I never accepted the idea
that I had to be guided by
some pattern or blueprint.
- Little Richard

It had long since come to my attention
that people of accomplishment
rarely sat back and let things happen to them.
They went out and happened to things.
- Leonardo da Vinci

We thought that we had the answers,
it was the questions we had wrong.
- Bono

In the long run, men hit only what they aim at.
Therefore, they had better aim at something high.
- Henry David Thoreau

What work I have done I have done because it has been play.
If it had been work I shouldn't have done it.
- Mark Twain

When I look back on all these worries,
I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed
that he had had a lot of trouble in his life,
most of which had never happened.
- Winston Churchill

We occasionally stumble over the truth
but most of us pick ourselves up and
hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Winston Churchill

If I had eight hours to chop down a tree,
I'd spend six hours sharpening my ax.
- Abraham Lincoln

I have had dreams, and I have had nightmares.
I overcame the nightmares because of my dreams.
- Jonas Salk

The only good luck many great men ever had was
being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.
- Channing Pollock

If i had known... i would have lingered
over my coffee a little longer.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had
because they didn't have the talent
or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?
- Nelson Mandela

Anger is a killing thing:
it kills the man who angers,
for each rage leaves him less than he had been before -
it takes something from him.
- Louis L'Amour


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