And it is a good sign that this masquerading knight- errant, this pretended champion of the rights of every other nation except those of the Irish nation, should be obliged to throw off the mask today, and to stand revealed as the man who by his own utterances is prepared to carry fire and sword into your homesteads unless you humbly abase yourselves before him, and before the landlords of the country.Charles Stewart Parnell: 1881Speech successfully inciting Gladstone to arrest him, 9 Oct.
The desire to abase the values of knowledge before the values of action...julien benda: p. 148 (Treason of the Intellectuals (1927))
This minister is, as you know, the idol of the people, who regard him as the sole author of their success, and they do not have the same confidence in the other members of the council...Pitt joins to a reputation of superior spirit and talent, that of most exact honesty...with simple manners and dignity, he seeks neither display nor ostentation...He is very eloquent, specious, wheedling, and with all the chicanery of an experienced lawyer. He is courageous to the point of rashness, he supports his ideas in an impassioned fashion and with an invincible determination, seeking to have no other ambition than to elevate Britain to the highest point of glory and to abase France to the lowest degree of humiliation.pitt, william, 1st earl of chatham: François de Bussy to Étienne François, duc de Choiseul (30 August, 1761).Jeremy Black, Pitt the Elder (Cambridge University Press, 1992), p. 215.
And when thou didst go forth early in the morning from thy family, to assign to the believers their positions for the battle. And Allah is Hearing, Knowing. When two parties from among you thought of showing cowardice, and Allah was the Guardian of them both. And in Allah should the believers trust. And Allah certainly helped you at Badr when you were weak. So keep your duty to Allah that you may give thanks. When thou didst say to the believers: Does it not suffice you that your Lord should help you with three thousand angels sent down? Yea, if you are steadfast and keep your duty, and they come upon you in a headlong manner, your Lord will assist you with five thousand of havoc-making angels. And Allah made it only as good news for you, and that your hearts might be at ease thereby. And help comes only from Allah, the Mighty, the Wise, That He may cut off a part of those who disbelieve or abase them so that they should return in failure.120-126 Maulana Muhammad Ali translation