John Lothrop Motley
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- Local self-government…is the life-blood of liberty.
- The Rise of the Dutch Republic (1856; New York: Harper, 1861) vol. 3, part 6, ch. 1, p. 416.
- As long as he lived, he was the guiding-star of a whole brave nation, and when he died the little children cried in the street.
- The Rise of the Dutch Republic (1856; New York: Harper, 1861) vol. 3, part 6, ch. 7, p. 627.
- Of William the Silent. In a footnote Motley cites the original of his last phrase in an official report made by the Greffier Corneille Aertsens: "dont par toute la ville l'on est en si grand duil tellement que les petits enfans en pleurent par les rues."
- Give us the luxuries of life, and we will dispense with its necessaries.