Indifference may not wreck a man’s life at any one turn, but it will destroy him with a kind of dry-rot in the long run.
Enthusiasm could not supply the place of experience.
The sword – the first, for a time the only force: the force of iron.
The crusades made great improvement in the condition of the serfs.
A person is not merely a single subject distinguished from all the others. It is especially a being to which is attributed a relative autonomy in relation to the environment with which it is most immediately in contact.
The liberal professions, and in a wider sense the well-to-do classes, are certainly those with the liveliest taste for knowledge and the most active intellectual life.
A third force, developing itself more slowly, becomes even more potent than the rest: the power of gold.
I really believe we read differently when we know even the most banal facts of an author’s life.
A monomaniac is a sick person whose mentality is perfectly healthy in all respects but one; he has a single flaw, clearly localized. At times, for example, he has an unreasonable and absurd desire to drink or steal or use abusive language; but all his other acts and all his other thoughts are strictly correct.
The ferocious inroads of the Normans scared many weak and timid persons into servitude.