Lord Chesterfield Quotes

Lord Chesterfield

(1694 - 1773)

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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[Common sense] is the best sense I know of.

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The knowledge of the world is only to be acquired in the world, and not in a closet.

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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.

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

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Most people enjoy the inferiority of their friends.

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

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I recommend that you take care of the minutes, for the hours will take care of themselves.

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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.

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Choose your pleasures for yourself, and do not let them be imposed upon you.

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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.

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

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Choose your pleasures for yourself, and do not let them be imposed upon you.

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There is hardly anybody good for everything, and there is scarcely anybody who is absolutely good for nothing.

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

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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.

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

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