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Chesterfield Quotes

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Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
- Thomas Jefferson
(also attributed to Benjamin Franklin and Lord Chesterfield)

Related topics: Wisdom

Good humor is the health of the soul,
sadness is its poison.
- Lord Chesterfield

If you would convince others,
seem open to conviction yourself.
- Lord Chesterfield

People will, in a great degree,
and not without reason,
form their opinion of you upon
that which they have of your friends;
and there is a Spanish proverb
which says very justly,
"Tell me whom you live with,
and I will tell you who you are.
- Lord Chesterfield

 

The world is a country which nobody ever yet knew by description;
one must travel through it one's self to be acquainted with it.
- Lord Chesterfield

In seeking wisdom thou art wise; in imagining that thou hast attained it -
thou art a fool.
- Lord Chesterfield

As Lord Chesterfield said of the generals of his day,
'I only hope that when the enemy reads the list of their names,
he trembles as I do.'
- Duke of Wellington

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Most people enjoy the inferiority of their best friends.
- Lord Chesterfield

Advice is seldom welcome,
and those who need it the most, like it the least.
- Lord Chesterfield

The ideas I stand for are not mine.
I borrowed them from Socrates.
I swiped them from Chesterfield.
I stole them from Jesus.
And I put them in a book.
If you don't like their rules, whose would you use?
- Dale Carnegie

The mere brute pleasure of reading -
the sort of pleasure a cow must have in grazing.
- Lord Chesterfield

Character must be kept bright as well as clean.
- Lord Chesterfield

Let your enemies be disarmed by the gentleness of your manner,
but at the same time let them feel, the steadiness of your resentment.
- Lord Chesterfield

When a person is in fashion, all they do is right.
- Lord Chesterfield

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage
to lose sight of the shore.
- Lord Chesterfield

The more one works, the more willing one is to work.
- Lord Chesterfield

Modesty is the only sure bait when you angle for praise.
- Lord Chesterfield

In matters of religion and matrimony I never give any advice;
because I will not have anybody's torments in this
world or the next laid to my charge.
- Lord Chesterfield

Young men are apt to think themselves wise enough,
as drunken men are apt to think themselves sober enough.
- Lord Chesterfield

Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well.
- Lord Chesterfield

To govern mankind, one must not overrate them.
- Lord Chesterfield

Whoever is in a hurry shows that the thing he is about is too big for him.
- Lord Chesterfield

An injury is much sooner forgotten than an insult.
- Lord Chesterfield

Regularity in the hours of rising and retiring,
perseverance in exercise, adaptation of dress to the variations of climate,
simple and nutritious aliment, and temperance in all
things are necessary branches of the regimen of health.
- Lord Chesterfield

Our own self-love draws a thick veil between us and our faults.
- Lord Chesterfield

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.
- Lord Chesterfield

You must look into people as well as at them.
- Lord Chesterfield

Inferiority is what you enjoy in your best friends.
- Lord Chesterfield

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

Swift speedy time, feathered with flying hours,
Dissolves the beauty of the fairest brow.
- Lord Chesterfield

I sometimes give myself admirable advice,
but I am incapable of taking it.
- Lord Chesterfield

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.
- Lord Chesterfield

Let them show me a cottage where there are not the
same vices of which they accuse the courts.
- Lord Chesterfield

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.
- Lord Chesterfield

Knowledge of the world in only to be acquired in the world,
and not in a closet.
- Lord Chesterfield

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.
- Lord Chesterfield

If you are not in fashion, you are nobody.
- Lord Chesterfield

To have frequent recourse to narrative betrays great want of imagination.
- Lord Chesterfield

Being pretty on the inside means you don't hit your
brother and you eat all your peas -
that's what my grandma taught me.
- Lord Chesterfield

The rich are always advising the poor,
but the poor seldom return the compliment.
- Lord Chesterfield

Honest error is to be pitied, not ridiculed.
- Lord Chesterfield

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

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.
- Lord Chesterfield

I am very sure that any man of common understanding may,
by culture, care, attention, and labor,
make himself what- ever he pleases, except a great poet.
- Lord Chesterfield

The less one has to do, the less time one finds to do it in.
- Lord Chesterfield

A wise man will live as much within his wit as within his income.
- Lord Chesterfield

Idleness is only the refuge of weak minds.
- Lord Chesterfield

Patience is the most necessary quality for business,
many a man would rather you heard his story than grant his request.
- Lord Chesterfield

Be wiser than other people if you can,
but do not tell them so.
- Lord Chesterfield

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

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.
- Lord Chesterfield

In my mind, there is nothing so illiberal,
and so ill-bred, as audible laughter.
- Lord Chesterfield

Frequent and loud laughter is the characteristic of folly and ill manners.
- Lord Chesterfield

Take the tone of the company you are in.
- Lord Chesterfield

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.
- Lord Chesterfield

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.
- Lord Chesterfield

Distrust all those who love you extremely upon a very
slight acquaintance and without any visible reason.
- Lord Chesterfield

There is nothing that people bear more impatiently,
or forgive less, than contempt: and an injury is much
sooner forgotten than an insult.
- Lord Chesterfield

Sex: the pleasure is momentary, the position ridiculous,
and the expense damnable.
- Lord Chesterfield

I look upon indolence as a sort of suicide;
for the man is effectually destroyed,
though the appetites of the brute may survive.
- Lord Chesterfield

Men, as well as women, are much oftener led by their
hearts than by their understandings.
- Lord Chesterfield

A novel must be exceptionally good to live as long as the average cat.
- Lord Chesterfield

If you can once engage people's pride,
love, pity, ambition on your side, you need not fear
what their reason can do against you.
- Lord Chesterfield

Hear one side and you will be in the dark.
Hear both and all will be clear.
- Lord Chesterfield

Any affectation whatsoever in dress implies,
in my mind, a flaw in the understanding.
- Lord Chesterfield

Knowledge may give weight, but accomplishments give luster,
and many more people see than weigh.
- Lord Chesterfield

He makes people pleased with him by making them first pleased with themselves.
- Lord Chesterfield

Good breeding is the result of good sense,
some good nature, and a little self-denial for the sake of others.
- Lord Chesterfield

I recommend you to take care of the minutes,
for the hours will take care of themselves.
- Lord Chesterfield

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

Custom has made dancing sometimes necessary for a young man;
therefore mind it while you learn it,
that you may learn to do it well, and not be ridiculous,
though in a ridiculous act.
- Lord Chesterfield


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