But to exercise the intellect the prince should read histories, and study there the actions of illustrious men, to see how they have borne themselves in war, to examine the causes of their victories and defeat, so as to avoid the latter and imitate the former; and above all do as an illustrious man did, who took as an exemplar one who had been praised and famous before him, and whose achievements and deeds he always kept in his mind, as it is said Alexander the Great imitated Achilles, Caesar Alexander, Scipio
answered the summons in a prodigious, hurry; but showed the whites of his eyes in amazement on beholding only the carpenter.
Nothing else, dear master," replied Scipio
, "only that the doctor gave you a powder, and that the snake leaped out upon the floor.
As was Scipio
Africanus, of whom Livy saith in effect, Ultima primis cedebant.
As Garrick, whom I regard in tragedy to be the greatest genius the world hath ever produced, sometimes condescends to play the fool; so did Scipio
the Great, and Laelius the Wise, according to Horace, many years ago; nay, Cicero reports them to have been "incredibly childish.
Hannibal had carried her arms into the heart of Italy and to the gates of Rome, before Scipio
, in turn, gave him an overthrow in the territories of Carthage, and made a conquest of the commonwealth.
The famous gentlemen of Asia and Europe have been of this strong type; Saladin, Sapor, the Cid, Julius Caesar, Scipio
, Alexander, Pericles, and the lordliest personages.
laughing; "the greatest captains of antiquity amused themselves by casting pebbles into the ocean -- see Plutarch's life of Scipio
The son Of Macedonian Philip had ere these Won Asia, and the throne of Cyrus held At his dispose; young Scipio
had brought down The Carthaginian pride; young Pompey quelled The Pontic king, and in triumph had rode.
For I was sick, almost to death; and when, through the panic, everybody else fled, Scipio
worked for me like a giant, and actually brought me back into life again.
on coming to Africa stumbled as he leaped on shore; his soldiers took it as a bad omen; but he, clasping the soil with his arms, exclaimed, 'Thou canst not escape me, Africa, for I hold thee tight between my arms.
Not long since I read his epitaph in the old Lincoln burying-ground, a little on one side, near the unmarked graves of some British grenadiers who fell in the retreat from Concord -- where he is styled "Sippio Brister" -- Scipio
Africanus he had some title to be called -- "a man of color," as if he were discolored.