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“The other is the volto sciolto a pensieri stretti.”
“Of all things, the volte sciollo, and the pensieri stretti, are necessary.”
“Polite manners, a versatility of mind, a complaisance even to enemies, and the volto sciolto, with the pensieri stretti, are only to be learned at courts, and must be well learned by whoever would either shine or thrive in them.”
“Great caution is therefore necessary; and if, to great caution, you can join seeming frankness and openness, you will unite what Machiavel reckons very difficult but very necessary to be united; volto sciolto e pensieri stretti.”
“Volto sciolto con pensieri stretti, is a most useful maxim in business.”
“The height of abilities is to have volto sciolto and pensieri stretti; that is, a frank, open, and ingenuous exterior, with a prudent interior; to be upon your own guard, and yet, by a seeming natural openness, to put people off theirs.”
“They walked up and down the terrace, and Ivor sang a Neapolitan song: "Stretti, stretti" -- close, close -- with something about the little Spanish girl to follow.”
“Il volto sciolto ed i pensieri stretti," declared Giuseppe with gloom.”
“Certainly no one ever more fully grasped the sense of the famous sentence given by Wotton to Milton, when the latter was starting on his travels: “I pensieri stretti ed il viso sciolto.””
“Milton had not acted on Sir Henry Wootton's advice to him, il volto sciolto, i pensieri stretti.”
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