Lord Chesterfield Stanhope

1694 - 1773

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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A Quote by Philip Dormer Stanhope, Lord Chesterfield on purpose and success

Firmness of purpose is one of the best instruments of success.

Lord Chesterfield Stanhope (1694 - 1773)

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A Quote by Philip Dormer Stanhope, Lord Chesterfield on birth, flirting, and world

I assisted at the birth of that most significant word "flirtation," which dropped from the most beautiful mouth in the world.

Lord Chesterfield Stanhope (1694 - 1773)

Source: The World. No. 101.

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

Real friendship is a slow grower, and never thrives unless engrafted upon a stock of known and reciprocal merit.

Lord Chesterfield Stanhope (1694 - 1773)

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

Great merit, or great failings, will make you respected or despised; but trifles, little attentions, mere nothings, either done or neglected, will make you either liked or disliked in the general run of the world.

Lord Chesterfield Stanhope (1694 - 1773)

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A Quote by Philip Dormer Stanhope, Lord Chesterfield

A man of sense may be in haste, but can never be in a hurry.

Lord Chesterfield Stanhope (1694 - 1773)

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A Quote by Philip Dormer Stanhope, Lord Chesterfield on idleness and weakness

Idleness is only the refuge of weak minds.

Lord Chesterfield Stanhope (1694 - 1773)

Source: Letter to his son, 20 Jul 1749.

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