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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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A Manual of English Prose Literature..

William Minto - English prose literature - 1881 - 548 pages
...than Overbury, King James's favourite diplomatist, and author of the definition of an ambassador as " an honest man sent to lie abroad for the good of his country " — we find a weighty balance of sentence almost as finished as Johnson's. The following is a sample...
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Shakespeare's Comedy of Love's Labour's Lost

William Shakespeare - 1882 - 173 pages
...146. Lie. Lodge, reside. See 2 Hen. IV. p. 185, or Oth. p. 193. Reed quotes Wotton's definition : " An ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the good of his country." Mere. Absolute. See Temp. p. 111, note on We are merely cheated, etc. Cf. i. 2. 33 below. 149. Affects....
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Foreign Relations

Sir Spencer Walpole - Ambassadors - 1882 - 162 pages
...minister. In the days of Elizabeth, Sir H. Wotton, himself an envoy, punningly described an ambassador as an honest man sent to "lie" abroad for the good of his country. Napoleon said of Metternich that " he approaches to being a statesman—he lies very well;" and Sir...
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Short Sayings of Great Men: With Historical and Explanatory Notes

Samuel Arthur Bent - Anecdotes - 1882 - 610 pages
...James I., who sent him as ambassador to Venice, and other powers; provost of Eton, 161S; died 1039.] An ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the commonwealth. ett vir bonus peregre missus ad mentiendum rei publicce eausd). Wottou's biographer thinks...
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Elizabethan Popular Culture

Leonard R. N. Ashley - History - 1988 - 316 pages
...Tusser Where to elect there is but one, 'Tis Hobson's choice — take that or none. — Thomas Ward An ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the commonwealth. — Sir Henry Wotton Everyone as he likes, as the goodman said when he kissed his cow.—...
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Cheating and Deception

John Bowyer Bell, Barton Whaley - Political Science - 1991 - 339 pages
...truthful. "An ambassador," punned the seventeenth-century English poet and diplomat Sir Henry Wotton, "is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the good of his country." A little deceit is not such a dangerous thing as long as it is bounded by convention. But when a country...
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And I Quote: The Definitive Collection of Quotes, Sayings, and Jokes for the ...

Ashton Applewhite, Tripp Evans, Andrew Frothingham - Reference - 1992 - 499 pages
...Christopher Herold I despise the pleasure of pleasing people whom I despise. — Lady Mary Wortley Montagu An ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the good of his country. — Henry Wotton Living next to you [the United States] is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant....
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The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations

Robert Andrews - Reference - 1993 - 1092 pages
...act 1 . The part of the Genera! was played by Ustinov himself in the first production of the play. 13 our life oí" his country. SIR HENRY WOTTON (1 568-1 639), English diploma!, poet. Written in the album of Christopher...
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A Pack of Lies: Towards a Sociology of Lying

J. A. Barnes, John Arundel Barnes - Family & Relationships - 1994 - 200 pages
...very realm of lies'. We should not forget Sir Henry Wotton's punning definition of an ambassador as 'an honest man sent to lie abroad for the good of his country' (Smith 1907:49; Walton 1951:92- 93). In this respect the world of diplomacy is scarcely distinguishable...
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A Social History of Truth: Civility and Science in Seventeenth-Century England

Steven Shapin - History - 1994 - 483 pages
...Prince, chs 15, 18-19, quoting 93; see also Whigham, Ambition and Privilege, 98-102. ambassador as "an honest man, sent to lie abroad for the good of his country."156 The poet Edmund Spenser said that the courtier "doth soonest rise that best can handle...
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