Philip Stanhope (Earl of) Chesterfield (1694 - 1773)
- Be wiser than other people if you can, but do not tell them so.
- Style is the dress of thoughts.
- Whatever is worth doing at all, is worth doing well.
- An injury is much sooner forgotten than an insult.
- Human nature is the same all over the world.
- Take the tone of the company you are in.
- 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.'
- Advice is seldom welcome; and those who want it the most always like it the least.
- In my mind, there is nothing so illiberal and so ill-bred as audible laughter.
- Women who are either indisputably beautiful, or indisputably ugly, are best flattered upon the score of their understanding.
- Few people do business well who do nothing else.
- No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination; never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
- Every woman is infallibly to be gained by every sort of flattery, and every man by one sort or other.
- Religion is by no means a proper subject of conversation in mixed company.