Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield Quotes

Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield Quotes.

Men, as well as women, are much oftener led by their he

Men, as well as women, are much oftener led by their hearts than by their understandings.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of 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.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
To have frequent recourse to narrative betrays great want of imagination.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
Patience is the most necessary quality for business, many a man would rather you heard his story than grant his request.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
Idleness is only the refuge of weak minds.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
Take the tone of the company you are in.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
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.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of 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.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
When a person is in fashion, all they do is right.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
Hear one side and you will be in the dark. Hear both and all will be clear.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
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.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of 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.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
To govern mankind, one must not overrate them.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
An injury is much sooner forgotten than an insult.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
Frequent and loud laughter is the characteristic of folly and ill manners.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
There is time enough for everything, in the course of the day, if you do but one thing at once; but there is not time enough in the year, if you will do two things at a time.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
Our own self-love draws a thick veil between us and our faults.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
It is always right to detect a fraud, and to perceive a folly; but it is very often wrong to expose either. A man of business should always have his eyes open, but must often seem to have them shut.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
Young men are apt to think themselves wise enough, as drunken men are apt to think themselves sober enough.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
The mere brute pleasure of reading – the sort of pleasure a cow must have in grazing.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of 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.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
You must look into people as well as at them.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
A weak mind is like a microscope, which magnifies trifling things, but cannot receive great ones.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
The only solid and lasting peace between a man and his wife is, doubtless, a separation.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
Judgment is not upon all occasions required, but discretion always is.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
Whoever incites anger has a strong insurance against indifference.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
Any affectation whatsoever in dress implies, in my mind, a flaw in the understanding.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
A young man, be his merit what it will, can never raise himself; but must, like the ivy round the oak, twine himself round some man of great power and interest.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
Women are only children of a larger growth. A man of sense only trifles with them, plays with them, humours and flatters them, as he does with a sprightly and forward child; but he neither consults them about, nor trusts them with, serious matters.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
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.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
Character must be kept bright as well as clean.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of 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.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
Be wiser than other people if you can, but do not tell them so.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
The rich are always advising the poor, but the poor seldom return the compliment.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
If you are not in fashion, you are nobody.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of 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.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of 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.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
Good humor is the health of the soul, sadness is its poison.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
Modesty is the only sure bait when you angle for praise.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
Advice is seldom welcome; and those who want it the most always want it the least.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
Knowledge of the world in only to be acquired in the world, and not in a closet.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
Gratitude is a burden upon our imperfect nature, and we are but too willing to ease ourselves of it, or at least to lighten it as much as we can.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
Politicians neither love nor hate. Interest, not sentiment, directs them.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of 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.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of 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.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of 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.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
Words, which are the dress of thoughts, deserve surely more care than clothes, which are only the dress of the person.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
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.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield