A soil, exhausted by the long culture of Pagan empires, was to lie fallow for a still longer period.
A new civilization was not to be improvised by a single mind.
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 third force, developing itself more slowly, becomes even more potent than the rest: the power of gold.
The ferocious inroads of the Normans scared many weak and timid persons into servitude.
Give us the luxuries of life, and we will dispense with its necessaries.
History shows how feeble are barriers of paper.
The splendid empire of Charles the Fifth was erected upon the grave of liberty.