Aim at perfection in everything, though in most things it is unattainable. However, they who aim at it, and persevere, will come much nearer to it than those whose laziness and despondency make them give it up as unattainable.
Lord Chesterfield Stanhope (1694 - 1773)
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There is hardly any place or any company where you may not gain knowledge, if you please; almost everybody knows some one thing, and is glad to talk about that one thing.
Those whom you can make like themselves better will, I promise you, like you very well.
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.
Source: July 1, 1748.
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.
An able man shows his spirit by gentle words and resolute actions. He is neither hot nor timid.
Dispatch is the soul of business.
Source: Feb. 5, 1750.
He adorned whatever subject he either spoke or wrote upon, by the most splendid eloquence.
Source: Character of Bolingbroke.
The nation looked upon him as a deserter, and he shrunk into insignificancy and an earldom.
Source: Character of Pulteney.
The dews of the evening most carefully shun,- Those tears of the sky for the loss of the sun.
Source: Advice to a Lady in Autumn.
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