Ridicule is the best test of truth.
Lord Chesterfield Stanhope (1694 - 1773)
Contributed by: Zaady
A weak mind is like a microscope, which magnifies trifling things but cannot receive great ones.
Be wiser than other people if you can; but do not tell them so.
Source: Letter to his son, 19 Nov 1745.
Whatever is worth doing at all, is worth doing well.
Source: Letter, March 10, 1746.
Advice is seldom welcome, and those who need it the most, like it the least.
Source: —ALBERT W DAW COLLECTION
Be your character what it will, it will be known; and nobody will take it upon your word.
There is hardly anybody good for everything, and there is scarcely anybody who is absolutely good for nothing.
Firmness of purpose is one of the most necessary sinews of character, and one of the best instruments of success. Without it genius wastes its efforts in a maze of inconsistencies.
Modesty is the only sure bait when you angle for praise.
Unlike my subject now shall be my song; It shall be witty, and it shan't be long.
Source: Impromptu Lines.
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