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Генри Уоттон

Дата рождения: 30. Март 1568
Дата смерти: 1639


Генри Уоттон — английский литератор, дипломат и политик, член Палаты общин в 1614—1625 годах. Часто цитируют его знаменитый афоризм, сказанный им во время своей миссии в Аугсбург в 1604 году: «Посол — это честный человек, посланный за границу лгать на пользу его страны».

Цитаты Генри Уоттон


„Advised a young diplomat "to tell the truth, and so puzzle and confound his enemies."“

— Henry Wotton
Attributed. E.g., Vol 24, Encyclopedia Britannica of Arts, Sciences, and General Literature, page 721 https://books.google.com/books?id=_GlJAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA721&lpg=PA721&dq=truth+wotton+confound+advice&source=bl&ots=-cGk3UDLLj&sig=ltOR1xtI9WFic1JWKiFmIZ8Yce0&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjVkZCsj-jRAhXCyFQKHTmsCkAQ6AEIODAG#v=onepage&q=truth%20wotton%20confound%20advice&f=false (9th Ed. 1894). Compare Mark Twain who, in Following the Equator, said "When in doubt, tell the truth" (which is often mis-quoted as containing an additional clause providing "it will confound your enemies and astound your friends").

„Hanging was the worst use a man could be put to.“

— Henry Wotton
The Disparity Between Buckingham and Essex (1651).

„You meaner beauties of the night,
That poorly satisfy our eyes
More by your number than your light;
You common people of the skies,
What are you when the sun shall rise?“

— Henry Wotton
On His Mistress, the Queen of Bohemia, stanza 1 (1624). In some versions "moon" replaces "sun". This was printed with music as early as 1624, in Est's "Sixth Set of Books", for example.


„An ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the commonwealth.“

— Henry Wotton
Reliquiae Wottonainae (1651). In a letter to Velserus, 1612, Wotton says, "This merry definition of an ambassador I had chanced to set down at my friend's, Mr. Christopher Fleckamore, in his Album".

„I am but a gatherer and disposer of other men's stuff.“

— Henry Wotton
Preface to the Elements of Architecture (1624).


„Lord of himself, though not of lands;
And having nothing, yet hath all.“

— Henry Wotton
The Character of a Happy Life (1614), stanza 6. Compare: "As having nothing, and yet possessing all things", 2 Corinthians vi. 10.

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