With the Germans, the sovereignty resided in the great assembly of the people.
A soil, exhausted by the long culture of Pagan empires, was to lie fallow for a still longer period.
The history of the Franks becomes, therefore, the history of the Netherlands.
Thus again the Netherlands, for the first time since the fall of Rome, were united under one crown imperial. They had already been once united, in their slavery to Rome.
The crusades made great improvement in the condition of the serfs.
The whole territory of the Netherlands was girt with forests.
A good lawyer is a bad Christian.
The rise of the Dutch Republic must ever be regarded as one of the leading events of modern times.
The sword - the first, for a time the only force: the force of iron.
A third force, developing itself more slowly, becomes even more potent than the rest: the power of gold.
In Gaul were two orders, the nobility and the priesthood, while the people, says Caesar, were all slaves.
For a century longer, Rome still retains its outward form, but the swarming nations are now in full career.
Give us the luxuries of life, and we will dispense with its necessaries.
Wealth brings strength, strength confidence.
History shows how feeble are barriers of paper.
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