Lord Chesterfield Stanhope

1694 - 1773

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 ambition, fear, love, needs, passion, people, pity, pride, and reason

If you can once engage people's pride, love, pity, ambition (or whatever is their prevailing passion) on your side, you need not fear what their reason can do against you.

Lord Chesterfield Stanhope (1694 - 1773)

Source: 1746

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A Quote by Philip Dormer Stanhope, Lord Chesterfield on aim, laziness, and perfection

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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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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A Quote by Philip Dormer Stanhope, Lord Chesterfield on books, knowledge, learning, reading, study, and world

Learning is acquired by reading books; but the much more necessary learning, the knowledge of the world, is only to be acquired by reading man, and studying all the various editions of them.

Lord Chesterfield Stanhope (1694 - 1773)

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A Quote by Philip Dormer Stanhope, Lord Chesterfield on action, spirit, timidity, and words

An able man shows his spirit by gentle words and resolute actions. He is neither hot nor timid.

Lord Chesterfield Stanhope (1694 - 1773)

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