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Lord Chesterfield Quotes

(1694-1773), British Statesman, Author

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.

Category: Advice

Advice is seldom welcome; and those who want it the most always like it the least.

Category: Advice

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.

Category: Age And Aging

The scholar without good breeding is a nitpicker; the philosopher a cynic; the soldier a brute and everyone else disagreeable.

Category: Ancestry

Good breeding is the result of good sense, some good nature, and a little self-denial for the sake of others.

Category: Ancestry

To have frequent recourse to narrative betrays great want of imagination.

Category: Anecdotes

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.

Category: Aphorisms And Epigrams

Men will not believe because they will not broaden their minds.

Category: Belief

Buy good books, and read them; the best books are the commonest, and the last editions are always the best, if the editors are not blockheads.

Category: Books And Reading

Let blockheads read what blockheads wrote.

Category: Books And Reading

No man tastes pleasures truly, who does not earn them by previous business; and few people do business well, who do nothing else.

Category: Business

Be your character what it will, it will be known; and nobody will take it upon your word.

Category: Character

Character must be kept bright as well as clean.

Category: Character

You must look into people, as well as at them.

Category: Character

For my own part, I would rather be in company with a dead man than with an absent one; for if the dead man gives me no pleasure, at least he shows me no contempt; whereas the absent one, silently indeed, but very plainly, tells me that he does not think me worth his attention.

Category: Company