Lord Chesterfield Quotes

96 Lord Chesterfield quotes:

"Modesty is the only sure bait when you angle for praise."
"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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"Idleness is only the refuge of weak minds."
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"Take the tone of the company you are in."
"Distrust all those who love you extremely upon a very slight acquaintance and without any visible reason."
"Wit is so shining a quality that everybody admires it; most people aim at it, all people fear it, and few love it unless in themselves. A man must have a good share of wit himself to endure a great share of it in another."
"Honest error is to be pitied, not ridiculed."
"Never seem more learned than the people you are with. Wear your learning like a pocket watch and keep it hidden. Do not pull it out to count the hours, but give the time when you are asked."
"The more one works, the more willing one is to work."
"Advice is seldom welcome, and those who need it the most, like it the least."
"Character must be kept bright as well as clean."
"I find, by experience, that the mind and the body are more than married, for they are most intimately united; and when one suffers, the other sympathizes."
"Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible."
"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."
"Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well."
"Let your enemies be disarmed by the gentleness of your manner, but at the same time let them feel, the steadiness of your resentment."
"Remember, as long as you live, that nothing but strict truth can carry you through the world, with either your conscience or your honor unwounded."
"If you are not in fashion, you are nobody."
"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."
"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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