Quotations by Lord Chesterfield

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Born: Wednesday, September 22, 1694
Profession: Statesman
Nationality: British


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.
- Lord Chesterfield
(Keywords: Man, Sense, Trifles)

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

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

A wise man will live as much within his wit as within his income.
- Lord Chesterfield
(Keywords: Income, Man, Will, Wit)

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

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.
- Lord Chesterfield
(Keywords: Laziness, Perfection, Will)

An injury is much sooner forgotten than an insult.
- Lord Chesterfield
(Keywords: Injury, Insult)

Any affectation whatsoever in dress implies, in my mind, a flaw in the understanding.
- Lord Chesterfield
(Keywords: Affectation, Dress, Mind, Understanding)

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
(Keywords: Fathers, Misfortune, Sons)

Be wiser than other people if you can, but do not tell them so.
- Lord Chesterfield
(Keywords: People)

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
(Keywords: Brother, Being, Pretty)

Character must be kept bright as well as clean.
- Lord Chesterfield
(Keywords: Character)

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
(Keywords: Act, Custom, Dancing, Man, May, Mind)

Distrust all those who love you extremely upon a very slight acquaintance and without any visible reason.
- Lord Chesterfield
(Keywords: Love, Acquaintance, Distrust, Reason)

Frequent and loud laughter is the characteristic of folly and ill manners.
- Lord Chesterfield
(Keywords: Folly, Laughter, Manners)

Good breeding is the result of good sense, some good nature, and a little self-denial for the sake of others.
- Lord Chesterfield
(Keywords: Nature, Breeding, Result, Self, Sense)

Good humor is the health of the soul, sadness is its poison.
- Lord Chesterfield
(Keywords: Health, Humor, Soul, Poison, Sadness)

He makes people pleased with him by making them first pleased with themselves.
- Lord Chesterfield
(Keywords: People, First)

Hear one side and you will be in the dark. Hear both and all will be clear.
- Lord Chesterfield
(Keywords: Will)

Honest error is to be pitied, not ridiculed.
- Lord Chesterfield
(Keywords: Error)

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
(Keywords: Attention, Care, Culture, Labor, Man, May, Understanding)

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
(Keywords: Experience, Body, Mind, United)

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
(Keywords: Indolence, Man, May, Suicide)

I recommend you to take care of the minutes, for the hours will take care of themselves.
- Lord Chesterfield
(Keywords: Care, Will)

I sometimes give myself admirable advice, but I am incapable of taking it.
- Lord Chesterfield
(Keywords: Advice)

Idleness is only the refuge of weak minds.
- Lord Chesterfield
(Keywords: Idleness)

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.
- Lord Chesterfield
(Keywords: Wife, Breeding, Contempt, Disgust, Familiarity, Intimacy, Man, Will)

If you are not in fashion, you are nobody.
- Lord Chesterfield
(Keywords: Fashion)

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
(Keywords: Love, People, Fear, Ambition, Pity, Pride, Reason)

If you would convince others, seem open to conviction yourself.
- Lord Chesterfield
(Keywords: Conviction, Open)

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
(Keywords: Religion, Advice, Matrimony, Will, World)

In my mind, there is nothing so illiberal, and so ill-bred, as audible laughter.
- Lord Chesterfield
(Keywords: Laughter, Mind, Nothing)

In seeking wisdom thou art wise; in imagining that thou hast attained it - thou art a fool.
- Lord Chesterfield
(Keywords: Art, Wisdom, Fool)

In those days he was wiser than he is now - he used frequently to take my advice.
- Lord Chesterfield
(Keywords: Advice, Now)

Inferiority is what you enjoy in your best friends.
- Lord Chesterfield
(Keywords: Inferiority, Friends)

Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination: never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
- Lord Chesterfield
(Keywords: Time, Idleness, Laziness, Today, Tomorrow, Value)

Knowledge may give weight, but accomplishments give luster, and many more people see than weigh.
- Lord Chesterfield
(Keywords: People, Knowledge, Accomplishments, May, Weight)

Knowledge of the world in only to be acquired in the world, and not in a closet.
- Lord Chesterfield
(Keywords: Knowledge, World)

Learning is acquired by reading books, but the much more necessary learning, the knowledge of the world, is only to be acquired by reading men, and studying all the various facets of them.
- Lord Chesterfield
(Keywords: Men, Knowledge, Books, Learning, Reading, World)

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

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
(Keywords: Time, Enemies, Resentment)

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.
- Lord Chesterfield
(Keywords: Courage, Man, Oceans, Sight)

Men, as well as women, are much oftener led by their hearts than by their understandings.
- Lord Chesterfield
(Keywords: Men, Women)

Modesty is the only sure bait when you angle for praise.
- Lord Chesterfield
(Keywords: Modesty, Praise)

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.
- Lord Chesterfield
(Keywords: Time, People, Learning)

Never seem wiser, nor more learned, than the people you are with. Wear your learning, like your watch, in a private pocket: and do not merely pull it out and strike it; merely to show that you have one.
- Lord Chesterfield
(Keywords: People, Learning)

Our own self-love draws a thick veil between us and our faults.
- Lord Chesterfield
(Keywords: Faults, Self)

Patience is the most necessary quality for business, many a man would rather you heard his story than grant his request.
- Lord Chesterfield
(Keywords: Business, Quality, Man, Patience)

Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible.
- Lord Chesterfield
(Keywords: Will)

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.
- Lord Chesterfield
(Keywords: Time, Pleasure, Will)



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