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S.A. Bent, comp. Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men. 1887.

Boniface VIII.

  • [Benedetto Gaetani, born at Anagni about 1228; succeeded Celestine V. as Pope of Rome, 1294; became involved in a contest with Philip the Fair of France, whom he excommunicated, and by whom he was imprisoned; died soon after his release, 1303.]
  • Silence gives consent.

  • A favorite motto of the Pope, which he derived from the Canon Law, “Qui tacet, consentire videtur.”—Decretals, Book V., 12, 43.