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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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English Pedagogy: Education, the School, and the Teacher, in English Literature

Henry Barnard - Education - 1876 - 608 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 honest man sent to LIB abroad for the good of his countrj.'1 But the word lie (being the hinge upon which the conceit...
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So sinks the day-star

James Keith (novelist.) - 1876
...then, but — ' Amen,' was the only sound which came from this beggar on horseback. O CHAPTER XII. An ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the commonwealth. SIR HENRY WATTON. THE Duke of Noland was dead. Long live the Duke! After leaving the...
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English Pedagogy: Education, the School, and the Teacher in English Literature

Henry Barnard - Teaching - 1876 - 482 pages
...been content that his Latin could have been thus Englished : — " An Ambassador is ail honest man Mat to LIE 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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A History of Eton College. 1440-1875

Sir Henry Churchill Maxwell Lyte - 1877 - 20 pages
...ad mentiendum Rcipublica causa." Walton would have us believe that the meaning intended was : — " An Ambassador is an honest man sent to lie' abroad for the good of his country," though it is obvious that there is no double-entendre in the Latin, or corresponding German. When a...
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The Ottoman Power in Europe: Its Nature, Its Growth, and Its Decline

Edward Augustus Freeman - Eastern question (Balkan) - 1877 - 315 pages
...character as Ambassador, he was to carry out the old definition of an Ambassador; he was to act as "an honest man sent to lie abroad for the good of his country." Our national crime then is that we have upheld the Turk for our own supposed interests. That is, for...
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The Book of Days: A Miscellany of Popular Antiquities in ..., Volume 1

Robert Chambers - Anecdotes - 1883
...in the album of his friend Flecamore, the punning and often quoted definition of an ambassador — an honest man sent to lie abroad for the good of his country. Certainly ambassadors had no good repute for veracity in those days, yet in all probability Wotton's...
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Carleton's Hand-book of Popular Quotations: A Book of Ready Reference for ...

G.W. Carleton & Co - Quotations, English - 1878 - 340 pages
...half the reasons why we smile and sigh. KBBLE, Twenty-fourth Sunday after Trinity. Ambassador. — An AMBASSADOR is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the commonwealth. — Sir H. WOTTON. , — AMBITION hath one heel nail'd in hell, Though she stretch her...
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The Little gleaner, Volumes 5-6

1883
...TRUTH. THE worthy Sir Henry Wotton incurred the displeasure of King James by saying on one occasion — ';An ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the good of his country." It certainly is an argument of a cowardly, poor spirit, and though it may chance to serve a present...
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Diary and Correspondence of Samuel Pepys, Esq., F. R. S.: From His Ms ...

Samuel Pepys - Great Britain - 1879
...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 liegerAmbassador. P. 379, 1. 19. " Philaster; or, Love lies a bleeding," a tragedy,...
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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: With a Life of the ..., Volumes 1-2

William Shakespeare, Henry Norman Hudson - 1880
...; 16 To lie is, in the ambassadorial sense, to reside. So in Sir Henry Wotton's punning definition: "An ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the good of his country." 10 A/ects for a/ectlons or passions. A frequent usage. 17 Temptations; the more common meaning of suggestion...
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