Lord Chesterfield Quotes

96 Lord Chesterfield quotes:

"The difference between a man of sense and a fop is that the fop values himself upon his dress; and the man of sense laughs at it, at the same time he knows he must not neglect it."
"The less one has to do, the less time one finds to do it in."
"Vice, in its true light, is so deformed, that it shocks us at first sight; and would hardly ever seduce us, if it did not at first wear the mask of some virtue."
"In my mind, there is nothing so illiberal, and so ill-bred, as audible laughter."
"To govern mankind, one must not overrate them."
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"Knowledge may give weight, but accomplishments give luster, and many more people see than weigh."
"The rich are always advising the poor, but the poor seldom return the compliment."
"Good breeding is the result of good sense, some good nature, and a little self-denial for the sake of others."
"He makes people pleased with him by making them first pleased with themselves."
"If you would convince others, seem open to conviction yourself."
"Our own self-love draws a thick veil between us and our faults."
"Politicians neither love nor hate. Interest, not sentiment, directs them."
"I recommend you to take care of the minutes, for the hours will take care of themselves."
"As fathers commonly go, it is seldom a misfortune to be fatherless; and considering the general run of sons, as seldom a misfortune to be childless."
"To have frequent recourse to narrative betrays great want of imagination."
"Any affectation whatsoever in dress implies, in my mind, a flaw in the understanding."
"A man of sense only trifles with them, plays with them, humors and flatters them, as he does with a sprightly and forward child; but he neither consults them about, nor trusts them with, serious matters."
"Pleasure is a necessary reciprocal. No one feels, who does not at the same time give it. To be pleased, one must please. What pleases you in others, will in general please them in you."
"In those days he was wiser than he is now - he used frequently to take my advice."
"Inferiority is what you enjoy in your best friends."

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