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" An Ambassador is an honest man, sent to lie abroad for the good of his country. "
Walton's Lives of Dr. John Donne, Sir Henry Wotton, Richard Hooker, George ... - Page 149
by Izaak Walton, Thomas Zouch - 1865 - 386 pages
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Diary and Correspondence of Samuel Pepys ...

Samuel Pepys - Great Britain - 1867
...his own Court. His conduct reminds us of Sir Henry Wotton's definition of an ambassador — that he is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the good of his country. A pun upon the term, foyerAmbassador. so by my Lord Chancellor and some others, that get money themselves,...
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The Stratford Shakspere: The tempest. Two gentlemen of Verona. The merry ...

William Shakespeare - 1867
...reside. Sir H. Wotton gives the following punning definition of the duties of an ambassador. — " An honest man sent to lie abroad for the good of his country." LONG OP YOU. Act II., Sc. 1. " 'T is long of you that spur me with such questions." Through you —...
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Comedies

William Shakespeare - 1867
...Longaville. t> To Jit— to reside. We have the sense in Wotton's punning <it fruition of an ambassador — "an honest man sent to lie abroad for the good of his country." ' The folio reads brcitc. G 2 Stands in attainder of eternal shame : Suggestions* are to others, as...
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Favourite English poems and poets

English poems - 1870 - 672 pages
...embassies, but he lost that monarch's conf1dence by writing in a friend's album, as a definition, " An ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the good of his country," which was quoted eight years after by an adversary of the king, as one of the principles on which he...
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The Quiver: An Illustrated Magazine for Sunday and General Reading

Christian life - 1870
...is due as much in one respect as the other. He it was who gave the definition of an ambassador as " an honest man sent to lie abroad for the good of his country." And when his advice was onco asked in a matter of diplomatic tactics, he said, " Ever speak the truth...
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A New Variorum Edition of Shakespeare, Volume 16

William Shakespeare - 1908
...many examples. — [There is here doubtless a play upon the word, as in Sir Henry Wotton's definition: 'An ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the commonwealth.' — ED.] 126. I must] STEEVENS: Alluding to the proverb: 'Patience perforce is medicine...
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Familiar Quotations: Being an Attempt to Trace to Their Source Passages and ...

John Bartlett - Quotations - 1874 - 778 pages
...Architecture. Hanging was the worst use man could be put t0. The Disparity between Buchingham ancl Essex. An ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the commonwealth.2 1 "sun" in Reliquia Wottoniana, Eds. 165I, 1672, 1685. 2 In a letter to Velserus, 1612,...
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Familiar Quotations ...

John Bartlett - Quotations - 1875 - 864 pages
...many MSS. — Hannah, The Courtly Poets. Harrington. — Daniel. — Dray ton. 1 49 Wotton continued-] An ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the commonwealth.1 The itch of disputing will prove the scab of churches.3 A Panegyric to King Charles....
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Memoirs of Eminent Etonians

Sir Edward Shepherd Creasy - Eton college - 1876 - 640 pages
...translation of an English pun. Walton says that Sir Henry " could have been content that his Latin could have been. thus Englished — " An Ambassador is an...abroad for the good of his country. " But the word lie (being the hinge upon which the conceit was to turn) was not so expressed in Latin as would admit...
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Cassell's library of English literature, selected, ed ..., Volume 3; Volume 79

Cassell, ltd - 1876
...have given of it — " Legatus est vir bonus peregre missus ad mentiendum Reipublicse causa " — " arsh, he co Eight years afterwards this sentence was brought out of its friendly privacy by an Italian adversary...
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