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Philip Stanhope (Earl of) Chesterfield (1694 - 1773)

  • Be wiser than other people if you can, but do not tell them so.
- letter to his son, November 19, 1745
  • Style is the dress of thoughts.
- letter to his son, 1746
  • Whatever is worth doing at all, is worth doing well.
- letter to his son, March 10, 1746
  • An injury is much sooner forgotten than an insult.
- letter to his son, October 9, 1746
  • Human nature is the same all over the world.
- letter to his son, October 2, 1747
  • Take the tone of the company you are in.
- letter to his son, October 9, 1747
  • I knew once a very covetous, sordid fellow, who used to say, 'Take care of the pence, for the pounds will take care of themselves.'
- letter to his son, November 6, 1747
  • Advice is seldom welcome; and those who want it the most always like it the least.
- letter to his son, January 19, 1748
  • In my mind, there is nothing so illiberal and so ill-bred as audible laughter.
- letter to his son, March 9, 1748
  • Women who are either indisputably beautiful, or indisputably ugly, are best flattered upon the score of their understanding.
- letter to his son, September 15, 1748
  • Few people do business well who do nothing else.
- letter to his son, August 7, 1749
  • No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination; never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
- letter to his son, December 26, 1749
  • Every woman is infallibly to be gained by every sort of flattery, and every man by one sort or other.
- letter to his son, March 16, 1752
  • Religion is by no means a proper subject of conversation in mixed company.
- letter to his godson, 112, undated

Francis Hutcheson

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