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  • Barrington, of Salisbury, is transferred to Durham, which he affected not to desire, having large estates by his wife in the south-but from the triple-mitre downwards, it is almost always true, what I said some years ago, that "nolo episcopari is Latin for I lie.

    The Letters of Horace Walpole, Earl of Orford — Volume 4

  • He did not even have a chance to launch his nolo episcopari at McKinley.

    The Five of Hearts

  • He did not even have a chance to launch his nolo episcopari at McKinley.

    The Five of Hearts

  • And if a State (or Church) were composed entirely of good men, they would be affected by the last motive only; and there would be as much ‘nolo episcopari’ as there is at present of the opposite ...

    The Republic by Plato ; translated by Benjamin Jowett

  • Oh, my aspiring pastors, divines to whose ears nolo episcopari are the sweetest of words, which of you would be a bishop on such terms as these?

    Barchester Towers

  • The nolo episcopari, though still in use, is so directly at variance with the tendency of all human wishes that it cannot be thought to express the true aspirations of rising priests in the Church of

    Barchester Towers

  • Carlyle's hero may say, "I will be king"; but the Christian saint must say "Nolo episcopari."


  • Dr. ----, the master of ---- College, it was known, aspired to a bishopric, but for a long time he had been disappointed, though he had assiduously paid court to the Tory ministry, and intimated, in various ways, that he would have no objection to pronounce the _nolo episcopari_.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol 2, No 6, December 1862 Devoted to Literature and National Policy

  • The appeals which in spite of this one sees addressed at intervals to the Irish leaders to abandon their attitude of _Nolo episcopari_ and take Ministerial office, for which some, at any rate, of their number have by their ability been conspicuously fitted, is to ignore the fundamental protest on which this self-denying ordnance depends.

    Ireland and the Home Rule Movement

  • The Parliamentary records of the middle 'fifties are full of debates on the subject, but one extract from Punch's "Essence of Parliament" may suffice to illustrate his nolo episcopari attitude: --

    Mr. Punch`s history of modern England, Volume I -- 1841-1857


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