Lord Chesterfield

Lord Chesterfield

English statesman, diplomat and writer (Philip Dormer Stanhope)

Lived from: 1694-1773

Category: Politics | Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Lord Chesterfield

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    Let your enemies be disarmed by the gentleness of your manner, but at the same time let them feel, the steadiness of your resentment.
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    Advice is seldom welcome; and those who want it the most always like it the least.
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    The scholar without good breeding is a nitpicker; the philosopher a cynic; the soldier a brute and everyone else disagreeable.
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    The world can doubtless never be well known by theory: practice is absolutely necessary; but surely it is of great use to a young man, before he sets out for that country, full of mazes, windings, and turnings, to have at least a general map of it, made by some experienced traveler.
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    When a person is in fashion, all they do is right.
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    A constant smirk upon the face, and a whiffing activity of the body, are strong indications of futility.
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    A light supper, a good night's sleep, and a fine morning have sometimes made a hero of the same man who, by an indigestion, a restless night, and a rainy morning would have proved a coward.
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    A man of sense only trifles with them, plays with them, humors and flatters them, as he does with a sprightly and forward child; but he neither consults them about, nor trusts them with, serious matters.
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    A man's own good breeding is the best security against other people's ill manners.
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    A weak mind is like a microscope, which magnifies trifling things, but cannot receive great ones.
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    A wise man will live as much within his wit as within his income.
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    Aim at perfection in everything, though in most things it is unattainable. However, they who aim at it, and persevere, will come much nearer to it than those whose laziness and despondency make them give it up as unattainable.
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    All I desire for my own burial is not to be buried alive; but how or where, I think, must be entirely indifferent to every rational creature.
    Source: Letters (1892)
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    An able man shows his spirit by gentle words and resolute actions.
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    Any affectation whatsoever in dress implies, in my mind, a flaw in the understanding.
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