Lord Chesterfield Quotes

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

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Mankind is made up of inconsistencies, and no man acts invariably up to his predominant character. The wisest man sometimes acts weakly, and the weakest sometimes wisely.

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Politicians neither love nor hate. Interest, not sentiment, directs them.

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Aim at perfection in everything, though in most things it is unattainable. However, they who aim at it, and persevere, will come much nearer to it than those whose laziness and despondency make them give it up as unattainable.

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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.

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A light supper, a good night's sleep and a fine morning have often made a hero out of the same man, who, by indigestion, a restless night and a rainy morning would have proved a coward.

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If you are not in fashion, you are nobody.

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Take care of the minutes and the hours will take care of themselves.

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A weak mind is like a microscope, which magnifies trifling things but cannot receive great ones.

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The only solid and lasting peace between a man and his wife is, doubtless, a separation.

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Ceremony is necessary as the outwork and defense of manners.

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If ever a man and his wife, or a man and his mistress, who pass nights as well as days together, absolutely lay aside all good breeding, their intimacy will soon degenerate into a coarse familiarity, infallibly productive of contempt or disgust.

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Most maxim-mongers have preferred the prettiness to the justness of a thought, and the turn to the truth; but I have refused myself to everything that my own experience did not justify and confirm.

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Any affectation whatsoever in dress implies, in my mind, a flaw in the understanding

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Horse-play, romping, frequent and loud fits of laughter, jokes, and indiscriminate familiarity, will sink both merit and knowledge into a degree of contempt. They compose at most a merry fellow; and a merry fellow was never yet a respectable man.

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Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible.

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