Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield

Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield (22 September 1694 - 24 March 1773) was a British statesman and man of letters

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A weak mind is like a microscope, which magnifies trifling things but cannot receive great ones.Rate it:
Be wiser than other people if you can but do not tell them so.Rate it:
I recommend you to take care of the minutes, for the hours will take care of themselves.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
Man is more himself, man is more manlike, when joy is the fundamental thing in him, and grief the superficial.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
Ridicule is the best test of truth.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
The more one works, the more willing one is to work.Rate it:
The pleasure is momentary, the position rediculous, and the expense damnable.Rate it:
Vicious minds abound with anger and revenge are incapable of feeling the pleasure of forgiving their enemies.Rate it:
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.Rate it:

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