184 Total Quotes

Lord Chesterfield Quotes

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

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.
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#British Statesman

An injury is much sooner forgiven than an insult
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#Forgiveness

Words are the dress of thoughts; which should no more be presented in rags, tatters, and dirt than your person should
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#Dirt

Whoever is in a hurry shows that the thing he is about is too big for him.
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#British Statesman

An injury is much sooner forgotten than an insult.
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#British Statesman

Women, and young men, are very apt to tell what secrets they know, from the vanity of having been trusted
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#Men

Modesty is the only sure bait when you angle for praise.
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#British Statesman

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.
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#Ridicule

The scholar without good breeding is a nitpicker; the philosopher a cynic; the soldier a brute and everyone else disagreeable.
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#Ancestry

I look upon indolence as a sort of suicide; for the man is effectually destroyed, though the appetites of the brute may survive.
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#British Statesman #Indolence

Men are much more unwilling to have their weaknesses and their imperfections known than their crimes
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#Crime And Criminals

Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination: never put off till to-morrow what you can do to-day.
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#British Statesman #Idleness

A novel must be exceptionally good to live as long as the average cat.
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#Books And Reading

Religion is by no means a proper subject of conversation in a mixed company.
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#Company

Sacrifice to the Graces.
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#Sacrifice

A chapter of accidents.
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#Accidents

Every woman is infallibly to be gained by every sort of flattery, and every man by one sort or other.
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#Flattery

Idleness is only the refuge of weak minds.
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#British Statesman #Idleness

Advice is seldom welcome; and those who want it the most always want it the least.
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#Advice

Take the tone of the company you are in.
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#British Statesman #Company

If you can once engage people's pride, love, pity, ambition (or whatever is their prevailing passion) on your side, you need not fear what their reason can do against you.
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#Ambition #Reason

Most people have ears, but few have judgment; tickle those ears, and depend upon it, you will catch those judgments, such as they are
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#Judgment

Women are much more like each other than men: they have, in truth, but two passions, vanity and love; these are their universal characteristics.
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#Love