All bad Literature rests upon imperfect insight, or upon imitation, which may be defined as seeing at second-hand.
Individual tribes or, in other words, races or stocks, are the constituent elements of the earliest history.
The power which the Hellenes and even the Italians possessed, of civilizing and assimilating to themselves the nations susceptible of culture with whom they came into contact, was wholly wanting in the Phoenicians.
If, as the emperor Augustus says, from his time the coast of the ocean from Cadiz to the mouth of the Elbe obeyed the Romans, the obedience in this corner of it was far from voluntary and little to be trusted.
Insincerity is always weakness; sincerity even in error is strength.
The Phoenicians are entitled to be commemorated in history by the side of the Hellenic and Latin nations; but their case affords a fresh proof, and perhaps the strongest proof of all, that the development of national energies in antiquity was of a one-sided character.
Literature delivers tidings of the world within and the world without.
Personal experience is the basis of all real Literature.
In the Roman commonwealth, even on the conversion of the monarchy into a republic, the old was as far as possible retained.
To acquire possession of Latium was of the most decisive importance to Etruria, which was separated by the Latins alone from the Volscian towns that were dependent on it and from its possessions in Campania.