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Lord Chesterfield Quotes

(1694-1773), British Statesman, Author

A weak mind is like a microscope, which magnifies trifling things, but cannot receive great ones.

Category: Mind

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.

Category: Mind

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

Category: Modesty

Patience is the most necessary quality for business, many a man would rather you heard his story than grant his request.

Category: Patience

Aim at perfection in everything, though in most things it is unattainable. However, they who aim at it, and persevere, will come much nearer to it than those whose laziness and despondency make them give it up as unattainable.

Category: Perfection

Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible.

Category: Perseverance

If you would convince others, seem open to conviction yourself.

Category: Persuasion

He makes people pleased with him by making them first pleased with themselves.

Category: Persuasion

Pleasure is a necessary reciprocal. No one feels, who does not at the same time give it. To be pleased, one must please. What pleases you in others, will in general please them in you.

Category: Pleasure

Our prejudices are our mistresses; reason is at best our wife, very often heard indeed, but seldom minded.

Category: Prejudice

Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no delay, no procrastination; never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.

Category: Punctuality

If you can once engage people's pride, love, pity, ambition (or whatever is their prevailing passion) on your side, you need not fear what their reason can do against you.

Category: Reason

Lord Tyrawley and I have been dead these two years, but we don't choose to have it known.

Category: Retirement

It is commonly said that ridicule is the best test of truth; for that it will not stick where it is not just. I deny it. A truth learned in a certain light, and attacked in certain words, by men of wit and humor, may, and often doth, become ridiculous, at least so far, that the truth is only remembered and repeated for the sake of the ridicule.

Category: Ridicule

In the case of scandal, as in that of robbery, the receiver is always thought as bad as the thief.

Category: Scandal