Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield Quotes

Most maxim-mongers have preferred the prettiness to the justness of a thought, and the turn to the truth but I have refused myself to everything that my own experience did not justify and confirm.
Ridicule is the best test of truth.
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.
The more one works, the more willing one is to work.
I recommend you to take care of the minutes, for the hours will take care of themselves.
Learning is acquired by reading books but the much more necessary learning, the knowledge of the world, is only to be acquired by reading man, and studying all the various editions of them.
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.
The pleasure is momentary, the position rediculous, and the expense damnable.
Be wiser than other people if you can but do not tell them so.
Vicious minds abound with anger and revenge are incapable of feeling the pleasure of forgiving their enemies.
A weak mind is like a microscope, which magnifies trifling things but cannot receive great ones.
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.
Man is more himself, man is more manlike, when joy is the fundamental thing in him, and grief the superficial.
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