American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Bossuet, Jacques Bénigne 1627-1704. French prelate and historian noted for his funereal orations and a philosophical treatise on history.
“As an orator he was not infrequently called the Bossuet of Switzerland.”
“Father Goyer, of the Recollets, delivered a eulogy which in fervour recalls Bossuet's funeral orations over members of the royal family.”
“Well has Burke been called the Bossuet of politics.”
“Evêché itself; but the acmé of quiet and solitude was only to be found in the avenue of yews, called Bossuet's Walk.”
“And we will add, moreover, that as the Dauphin never reigned, no one can really say how much he did, or did not, profit by a preceptor such as Bossuet was.”
“The more famous Gallicans, such as Bossuet, Dupin, Richer, and later ones as Cardinal de la Luzerne and (at the time of the Vatican”
“Roman Catholic expositors, such as Bossuet and Ribera, tempted to this interpretation by their zeal for the worshipping of Angels; but others with no such temptations, as Beza, Hammond, Mede (in a sermon on Zech. iv.”
“Aquinas was to give much the same translation of it when he said that the soul is in the world continens magis quam contenta — containing it rather than contained by it — and it found fresh utterance through the lips of Bossuet.”
“She affirms that Bossuet, with his famed, mighty theological intellect, was a complete ignoramus as far the Church's mystic tradition was concerned: it appeared that he had never read a word of Saint François de Sales or even of the great mystic theologian, Saint John of the Cross.”
“As for Saint John of the Cross, a rapid check reveals that Bossuet cites him frequently -- and always approvingly -- in his "Instruction sur les états d'oraison" (Book VII) and in his Latin treatise "Mystici in tuto.”
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