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4TH EARL OF CHESTERFIELD, PHILIP DORMER STANHOPE
English courtier, statesman, wit and letter writer
(1694 - 1773)
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Those tears of the sky for the loss of the sun.
      - [Dew]

True politeness is perfect ease and freedom. It simply consists in treating others just as you love to be treated yourself.
      - [Politeness]

Ugliness is a letter of credit for some special purposes.
      - [Ugliness]

Very ugly or very beautiful women should be flattered on their understanding, and mediocre ones on their beauty.
      - [Flattery]

We are as often duped by diffidence as by confidence.
      - [Diffidence]

Wear your learning like your watch, in a private pocket; and do not pull it out and strike it, merely to show that you have one.
      - [Learning]

Whatever poets may write, or fools believe, of rural innocence and truth, and of the perfidy of courts, this is most undoubtedly true,--that shepherds and ministers are both men; their natures and passions the same, the modes of them only different.
      - [Station]

When I reflect upon what I have seen, what I have heard, what I have done, I can hardly persuade myself that all that frivolous hurry and bustle and pleasure of the world had any reality; and I look on what has passed as one of those wild dreams which opium occasions, and I by no means wish to repeat the nauseous dose for the sake of the fugitive illusion.
      - [Life]

Whoever is in a hurry shows that the thing he is about is too big for him. Haste and hurry are very different things.
      - [Haste]

Women and young men are very apt to tell what secrets they know from the vanity of having been intrusted.
      - [Secrecy]

Women are much more alike than men; they have, in truth, but two passions, vanity and love; these are their universal characteristics.
      - [Passion]

Women especially as to be talked to as below men, and above children.
      - [Women]

Wrongs are often forgiven; but contempt never is. Our pride remembers it forever. It implies a discovery of weaknesses, which we are much more careful to conceal than crimes. Many a man will confess his crimes to a common friend, but I never knew a man who would tell his silly weaknesses to his most intimate one.
      - [Contempt]

You must look into people as well as at them.
      - [Character]

You should not only have attention to everything, but a quickness of attention, so as to observe at once all the people in the room--their motions, their looks and their words--and yet without staring at them and seeming to be an observer.
      - [Observation]

Young men are apt to think themselves wise enough, as drunken men are to think themselves sober enough.
      - [Youth]

Young men are as apt to think themselves wise enough, as drunken men are to think themselves sober enough. They look upon spirit to be a much better thing than experience; which they call coldness. They are but half mistaken; for though spirit without experience is dangerous, experience without spirit is languid and ineffective.
      - [Experience]

The dews of the evening most carefully shun;
  Those tears of the sky for the loss of the sun.
      - Advice to a Lady in Autumn [Dew]

He adorned whatever subject he either spoke or wrote upon, by the most splendid eloquence.
      - Character of Bolingbroke [Eloquence]

The nation looked upon him as a deserter, and he shrunk into insignificancy and an Earldom.
      - Character of Pulleney [Character]

I recommend you to take care of the minutes, for the hours will take care of themselves.
      - Letter [Time]

The vulgar only laugh, but never smile; whereas well-bred people often smile, but seldom laugh.
      - Letter to his Son [Laughter]

Style is the dress of thoughts.
      - Letter to his Son--On Education [Style]

Despatch is the soul of business.
      - Letters [Business]

I knew once a very covetous, sordid fellow who used to say, "Take care of the pence, for the pounds will take care of themselves."
      - Letters, quoting Lowndes [Money]


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