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...some useful instruction in our historical reading by pausing at intervals; contemplating, for a moment, _on certain events which have not happened_!
OF FALSE POLITICAL REPORTS.
"A false report, if believed during three days, may be of great service to a government." This political maxim has been ascribed to Catharine de' Medici, an adept in _coups d'??tat_, the _arcana imperii_! Between solid lying and disguised truth there is a difference known to writers skilled inThe art of governing mankind by deceiving them." as politics, ill-understood, have been defined, and as, indeed, all party-politics are. These forgers prefer to use the truth disguised to the gross fiction. When the real truth can no longer be concealed, then they can confidently refer to it; for they can still explain and obscure, while they secure on their side the party whose cause they have advocated. A curious reader of history may discover the temporary and sometimes the lasting advantages of spreading rumours designed... Disraeli, Benjamin
Excerpt from Curiosities of Literature, Vol. II (of 3) Edited, With Memoir And Notes, By His Son, The Earl Of Beaconsfield · This quote is about politics · Search on Google Books to find all references and sources for this quotation.
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