"Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder."
Still applies today......
Word of the Day
Definition: Abandon a cause or reverse one's position on something.
Usage: John Donne (1631) Sermon V.16 "No tergiversation, nor abandoning the noble work he had begun."
Suggested Usage: Ever listen to a speaker talk for an hour, finally say "and in conclusion," then continue to speak for another 30 minutes? He (or she) tergiversated. Let them know it; the word itself should intimidate them into mending their speech habits. When President Bush the Elder said "Read my lips: no new taxes," he later tergiversated on the issue.
Etymology: Latin tergiversatus, past participle of tergiversor "to turn one's back" hence "to decline or refuse" from tergum "back" + versare "to turn." –
Dr. Language, YourDictionary.com
Is this an other word for lying????