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4TH EARL OF CHESTERFIELD, PHILIP DORMER STANHOPE
English courtier, statesman, wit and letter writer
(1694 - 1773)
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Manners must adorn knowledge, and smooth its way through the world. Like a great rough diamond, it may do very well in a closet by way of curiosity, and also for its intrinsic value; but it will never be worn, nor shine, if it is not polished.
      - Letters [Manners]

These poor mistaken people think they shine, and they do indeed, but it is as putrefaction shines,--in the dark.
      - Letters [Success]

Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well.
      - Letters [Deeds]

Loud laughter is the mirth of the mob, who are only pleased with silly things; for true wit or good sense never excited a laugh since the creation of the world.
      - Letters (vol. I, p. 211), (ed. by Mahon)
        [Laughter]

A gentleman is often seen, but very seldom heard to laugh.
      - Letters (vol. II, pp. 164 & 404),
        (edited by Mahon) [Laughter]

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.
      - Letters to his Son [Time]

You foolish man, you don't even know your own foolish business.
      - Memories of the Courts of the Stuarts--Nassau and Hanover,
        to John Anstis, the Garter King of Arms as attributed by Jesse
        [Business]

Unlike my subject, I will make my song.
  It shall be witty, and it shan't be long.
      - Preface to Letters (vol. 1)
        [Epigrams : Songs]

If you are invited to drink at any man's house more than you think is wholesome, you may say "you wish you could, but so little makes you both drunk and sick; that you should only be bad company by doing so."
      - Principles of Politeness and of Knowing the World
         (sec. Sundry Little Accomplishments)
        [Drinking]

I assisted at the birth of that most significant word flirtation, which dropped from the most beautiful mouth in the world, and which has since received the sanction of our most accurate Laureate in one of his comedies.
      - The World (no. 101) [Flirtation]


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