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British statesman Lord Chesterfield (born Philip Dormer Stanhope) is famous for the letters he wrote to his illegitimate son. The letters were intended to teach his son how to be a true English gentlemen, though many see them as cold and heartless, they are largely representative of the times. Sadly, his son never rose to the occasion, marrying to a low station and dying five years before …

Date of Birth: Dec 02, 0


Found 199 quotes by Lord Chesterfield .
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"Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well." Lord Chesterfield
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British Statesman    Editor's Pick    Life    Pearls of Wisdom    Quote of the Day   

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"Patience is the most necessary quality for business, many a man would rather you heard his story than grant his request." Lord Chesterfield
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British Statesman    Business   

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"Prepare yourself for the world, as the athletes used to do for their exercise; oil your mind and your manners, to give them the necessary suppleness and flexibility; strength alone will not do" Lord Chesterfield
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"Do as you would be done by is the surest method of pleasing" Lord Chesterfield
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"We are, in truth, more than half of what we are by imitation" Lord Chesterfield
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"Nature has hardly formed a woman ugly enough to be insensible to flattery upon her person" Lord Chesterfield
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Flattery   

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"No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination; never put off till tomorrow what you can do today" Lord Chesterfield
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"Little, vicious minds abound with anger and revenge, and are incapable of feeling the pleasure of forgiving their enemies." Lord Chesterfield
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Anger    Forgiveness   

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"Great merit, or great failings, will make you respected or despised; but trifles, little attentions, mere nothings, either done or neglected, will make you either liked or disliked in the general run of the world." Lord Chesterfield
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Greatness    Merit   

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"Let them show me a cottage where there are not the same vices of which they accuse the courts." Lord Chesterfield
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Accuse    British Statesman   

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"An injury is much sooner forgiven than an insult" Lord Chesterfield
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Forgiveness   

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"Frequent and loud laughter is the characteristic of folly and ill manners." Lord Chesterfield
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British Statesman    Folly   

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"Custom has made dancing sometimes necessary for a young man; therefore mind it while you learn it, that you may learn to do it well, and not be ridiculous, though in a ridiculous act." Lord Chesterfield
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British Statesman    Custom   

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"When a person is in fashion, all they do is right." Lord Chesterfield
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"I am very sure that any man of common understanding may, by culture, care, attention, and labor, make himself what- ever he pleases, except a great poet." Lord Chesterfield
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"Wrongs are often forgiven, but contempt never is. Our pride remembers it forever. It implies a discovery of weakness, which we are more careful to conceal than a crime. Many a man will confess his crimes to a friend; but I never knew a man that would tell his silly weaknesses to his most intimate one." Lord Chesterfield
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Forgiveness   

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"When a man wants your advice he generally wants your praise" Lord Chesterfield
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"Whoever is admitted or sought for, in company, upon any other account than that of his merit and manners, is never respected there, but only made use of. We will have such-a-one, for he sings prettily; we will invite such-a-one to a ball, for he dances well; we will have such-a-one at supper, for he is always joking and laughing; we will ask another because he plays deep at all games, or because he can drink a great deal. These are all vilifying distinctions, mortifying preferences, and exclude all ideas of esteem and regard. Whoever is had (as it is called) in company for the sake of any one thing singly, is singly that thing, and will never be considered in any other light; consequently never respected, let his merits be what they will." Lord Chesterfield
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"Observe it, the vulgar often laugh, but never smile, whereas well-bred people often smile, and seldom or never laugh. A witty thing never excited laughter, it pleases only the mind and never distorts the countenance." Lord Chesterfield
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"It is commonly said that ridicule is the best test of truth; for that it will not stick where it is not just. I deny it. A truth learned in a certain light, and attacked in certain words, by men of wit and humor, may, and often doth, become ridiculous, at least so far, that the truth is only remembered and repeated for the sake of the ridicule." Lord Chesterfield
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"Sacrifice to the Graces." Lord Chesterfield
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