Lord Chesterfield Stanhope

1694 - 1773

A Quote by Philip Dormer Stanhope, Lord Chesterfield on idleness, laziness, procrastination, time, and value

Know the true value of time! Snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination. Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.

Lord Chesterfield Stanhope (1694 - 1773)

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A Quote by Philip Dormer Stanhope, Lord Chesterfield on people

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Be wiser than other people if you can; but do not tell them so.

Lord Chesterfield Stanhope (1694 - 1773)

Source: Letter to his son, 19 Nov 1745.

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A Quote by Philip Dormer Stanhope, Lord Chesterfield on worth

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Whatever is worth doing at all, is worth doing well.

Lord Chesterfield Stanhope (1694 - 1773)

Source: Letter, March 10, 1746.

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A Quote by Philip Dormer Stanhope, Lord Chesterfield on curiosity, knowledge, manners, value, and world

Manners must adorn knowledge, and smooth its way through the world. Like a great rough diamond, it may do very well in a closet by way of curiosity, and also for its intrinsic value.

Lord Chesterfield Stanhope (1694 - 1773)

Source: July 1, 1748.

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A Quote by Philip Dormer Stanhope, Lord Chesterfield on exercise, manners, mind, preparation, strength, and world

Prepare yourself for the world, as athletes used to do for their exercises; oil your mind and your manners, to give them the necessary suppleness and flexibility; strength alone will not do.

Lord Chesterfield Stanhope (1694 - 1773)

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A Quote by Philip Dormer Stanhope, Lord Chesterfield on learning, people, and privacy

Never seem wiser, nor more learned, than the people you are with. Wear your learning, like your watch, in a private pocket, and do not pull it out and strike it merely to show you have one. If you are asked what o'clock it is, tell it, but do not proclaim it hourly and unasked, like the watchman.

Lord Chesterfield Stanhope (1694 - 1773)

Source: to his son

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A Quote by Philip Dormer Stanhope, Lord Chesterfield on discovery, kindness, and merit

Real merit of any kind cannot long be concealed; it will be discovered, and nothing can depreciate it but a man exhibiting it himself. It may not always be rewarded as it ought; but it will always be known.

Lord Chesterfield Stanhope (1694 - 1773)

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A Quote by Philip Dormer Stanhope, Lord Chesterfield on business, patience, and quality

Patience is a most necessary quality for business: many a man would rather you heard his story than granted his request.

Lord Chesterfield Stanhope (1694 - 1773)

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A Quote by Philip Dormer Stanhope, Lord Chesterfield

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." [of W. Lowndes, Secretary of the Treasury in the reigns of King William, Queen Anne, and King George the Third.]

Lord Chesterfield Stanhope (1694 - 1773)

Source: Nov. 6, 1747.

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A Quote by Philip Dormer Stanhope, Lord Chesterfield on difficulty and diligence

A man of sense is never discouraged by difficulties; he redoubles his industry and his diligence, he perseveres, and infallibly prevails at last.

Lord Chesterfield Stanhope (1694 - 1773)

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