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" ... the true use of speech is not so much to express our wants as to conceal them. "
Select British Classics - Pagina 42
1804
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Vermont School Journal and Family Visitor, Volumes 3-4

1861
...best knows how to keep his necessities private, is the most likely person to have them redressed ,• and that the true use of speech is not so much to express our wants, as to conceal them. — Goldsmith. SLANDER. — Slander as often comes from vanity, as from malice. THE STATE BOARD OP...
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The Quarterly Review, Volume 109

1861 - 630 pagina’s
...puts in a claim for Goldsmith on the strength of Jack Spindle's remark in the 'Citizen of the World,' that the true use of speech is not so much to express our wants as to conceal them. He also claims for Goldsmith a well-known joke, attributed to Sheridan on his son's remarking that...
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Companion to English Grammar ...

Jacob Lowres - 1862
...who best knows how to keep his necessities private, is the most likely person to have them redressed; and that the true use of speech is not so much to express our wants as it is to conceal them. — Goldsmith. 9. So cheer' cl he his fair spouse, and she was cheer'd, But...
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A century of anecdote from 1760 to 1860, Volume 1

John Timbs - 1864
...best knows how to conceal his necessity and desires is the most likely person to find redress ; and the true use of speech is not so much to express our wants as to conceal them." In the Life of William Wilberforce that excellent man's well-meaning biographers were imposed on by...
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History of Europe: 1815-1852, Volume 5

Archibald Alison - 1871 - 442 pagina’s
...hold, and, I think, with some show of reason, that he who knows best how to conceal his necessities and desires, is the most likely person to find redress; and that the true use oftpeech is not so iimch to express our thoughts as to conceal them." — GOLD8MITH'8 Bee, No. iii.,...
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Irving's Works, Volume 9

Washington Irving - 1864 - 464 pagina’s
...dissimulation. " Men of the world," says he in one of the papers of the " Bee," " maintain that the true end of speech is not so much to express our wants as to conceal them." How often is this .quoted as one of the subtle remarks of the fine-witted Talleyrand ! "The Good-natured...
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Gulliver's Travels Into Several Remote Regions of the World

Jonathan Swift, John Francis Waller - 1865 - 352 pagina’s
...Talleyrand repeats it in the nineteenth. Goldsmith has the same thought in the Bee — " The true end of speech is not so much to express our wants as to conceal them ; " and Voltaire observes, " Us n'emploient les paroles que pour deguiser les pensees." Swift recurs...
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Chapters on Language

Frederic William Farrar - 1865 - 308 pagina’s
...vision saves us perhaps from a thousand dangers. The old bon mot, found in so many different forms,2 ' that the true use of speech is not so much to express our thoughts as to conceal them,' false as it is in one sense, is capable, in another sense, of an innocent...
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The North British Review, Volume 46

1867
...where he says that whatever may be thought by grammarians and rhetoricians, men of the world hold ' that the true use of speech is not so much to express our wants, as to conceal them.' To return to the case of repartees involving a quid pro qua: it is told of Lord Braxfield, with probably...
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The Miscellaneous Works of Oliver Goldsmith

Oliver Goldsmith - 1869 - 695 pagina’s
...use of language is generally thus : — •" Language has been granted to man, in order to discover his wants and necessities, so as to have them relieved...most likely person to find redress, and that the true I use of speech is not so much to express our wants, as to conceal them. When we reflect on the manner...
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