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4TH EARL OF CHESTERFIELD, PHILIP DORMER STANHOPE
English courtier, statesman, wit and letter writer
(1694 - 1773)
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Not to perceive the little weaknesses and the idle but innocent affectations of the company may be allowable as a sort of polite duty. The company will be pleased with you if you do, and most probably will not be reformed by you if you do not.
      - [Politeness]

Nothing is more dissimilar than natural and acquired politeness. The first consists in a willing abnegation of self; the second in a compelled recollection of others.
      - [Politeness]

Nothing sharpens the arrow of sarcasm so keenly as the courtesy that polishes it; no reproach is like that we clothe with a smile and present with a bow.
      - [Manners]

One man affirms that he has rode post a hundred miles in six hours; probably it is a lie; but supposing it to be true, what then? Why, he is a very good post-boy; that is all. Another asserts, and probably not without oaths, that he has drunk six or eight bottles of wine at a sitting; out of charity I will believe him a liar; for if I do not, I must think him a beast.
      - [Boasting]

Polished brass will pass upon more people than rough gold.
      - [Appearance]

Prepare yourself for the world, as the athletes used to do for their exercises; oil your mind and your manners, to give them the necessary suppleness and flexibility; strength alone will not do.
      - [Manners]

Real friendship is a slow grower, and never thrives unless engrafted upon a stock of known and reciprocal merit.
      - [Friendship]

Real merit of any kind cannot long be concealed; it will be discovered, and nothing can depreciate it, but a man's exhibiting it himself. It may not always be rewarded as it ought; but it will always be known.
      - [Merit]

Sincerity is the most compendious wisdom.
      - [Sincerity]

Sincerity w the most compendious wisdom, an excellent instrument for the speedy despatch of business. It creates confidence in those we have to deal with, saves the labor of many inquiries, and brings things to an issue in few words.
      - [Sincerity]

Six, or at most seven, hours' sleep is, for a constancy, as much as you or anybody else can want; more is only laziness and dozing, and is, I am persuaded, both unwholesome and stupefying.
      - [Early Rising]

Take rather than give the tone to the company you are in. If you have parts you will show them more or less upon every subject; and if you have not, you had better talk sillily upon a subject of other people's than of your own choosing.
      - [Company]

Talk often, but never long; in that case, if you do not please, at least you are sure not to tire your hearers. Pay your own reckoning, but do not treat the whole company; this being one of the few cases in which people do not care to be treated, every one being fully convinced that he has wherewithal to pay.
      - [Talking]

The greatest powers cannot injure a man's character whose reputation is unblemished among his party.
      - [Politics]

The heart never grows better by age; I fear rather worse; always harder. A young liar will be an old one; and a young knave will only be a greater knave as he grows older.
      - [Age]

The insolent civility of a proud man is, if possible, more shocking than his rudeness could be; because he shows you, by his manner, that he thinks it mere condescension in him; and that his goodness alone bestows upon you what you have no pretense to claim.
      - [Civility]

The manner of a vulgar man has freedom without ease, and the manner of a gentleman has ease without freedom.
      - [Manners : Vulgarity]

The manner of your speaking is full as important as the matter, as more people have ears to be tickled than understandings to judge.
      - [Eloquence]

The most familiar and intimate habitudes, connections, friendships, require a degree of good-breeding both to preserve and cement them.
      - [Friendship]

The nature of our constitution makes eloquence more useful and more necessary in this country than in any other in Europe.
      - [Eloquence]

The receipt to make a speaker, and an applauded one too, is short and easy. Take common sense quantum sufficit; add a little application to the rules and orders of the House [of Commons], throw obvious thoughts in a new light, and make up the whole with a large quantity of purity, correctness and elegancy of style. Take it for granted that by far the greatest part of mankind neither analyze nor search to the bottom; they are incapable of penetrating deeper than the surface.
      - [Eloquence]

The reputation of generosity is to be purchased pretty cheap; it does not depend so much upon a man's general expense, as it does upon his giving handsomely where it is proper to give at all. A man, for instance, who should give a servant four shillings would pass for covetous, while he who gave him a crown would be reckoned generous; so that the difference of those two opposite characters turns upon one shilling.
      - [Generosity]

The scholar without good breeding is a pedant; the philosopher, a cynic; the soldier, a brute; and every man disagreeable.
      - [Good Breeding]

The world is a country which nobody ever yet knew by description; one must travel through it one's self to be acquainted with it.
      - [Traveling]

This picture, plac'd the busts between
  Gives Satire all its strength;
    Wisdom and Wit are little seen
      While Folly glares at length.
      - attributed to,
        on the portrait of Beau Nash placed between busts of Pope and Newton in Pump Room at Bath
        [Epigrams]


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