Letters Written by the Earl of Chesterfield to His Son, Volume 1

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Page 117 - Of crowds, or issuing forth, or ent'ring in: A thoroughfare of news : where some devise Things never heard; some mingle truth with lies: The troubled air with empty sounds they beat; Intent to hear, and eager to repeat. Error sits...
Page 257 - I am neither of a melancholy, nor a cynical disposition ; and am as willing, and as apt, to be pleased as anybody ; but I am sure that, since I have had the full use of my reason, nobody has ever heard me laugh...
Page 210 - I was of your age. Do you dress well, and not too well ? Do you consider your air and manner of presenting yourself, enough, and not too much ? neither negligent nor stiff. All these things deserve a degree of care, a second rate attention ; they give an additional lustre to real merit. My Lord Bacon says, that a pleasing figure is a perpetual letter of recommendation.
Page 317 - Women, then, are only children of a larger growth; they have an entertaining tattle and sometimes wit; but for solid, reasoning good sense, I never knew in my life one that had it, or who reasoned or acted consequentially for fourand-twenty hours together.
Page 356 - It was by this engaging, graceful manner, that he was enabled, during all his wars, to connect the various and jarring powers of the grand alliance, and to carry them on to the main object of the war, notwithstanding their private and separate views, jealousies, and wrongheadednesses. Whatever court he went to (and he was often obliged to go himself to some resty and refractory ones), he as constantly prevailed, and brought them into his measures.
Page 343 - They cannot see people want, without relieving them; though, truly, their own circumstances cannot very well afford it. They cannot help speaking truth, though they know all the imprudence of it. In short, they know that, with all these weaknesses, they are not fit to live in the world, much less to thrive in it. But they are now too old to change, and must rub on as well as they can.
Page 116 - A thousand winding entries, long and wide, Receive of fresh reports a flowing tide ; A thousand crannies in the walls are made, Nor gate, nor bars, exclude the busy trade.
Page 341 - Take, rather than give, the tone of the company you are in. If you have parts, you will show them, more or less, upon every subject; and, if you have not, you had better talk sillily upon a subject of other people's than of your own choosing.
Page 139 - You should not only have attention to everything, but a quickness of attention, so as to observe at once all the people in the room, their motions, their looks, and their words, and yet without staring at them, and seeming to be an observer.
Page 173 - For instance; dress is a very foolish thing; and yet it is a very foolish thing for a man not to be well dressed, according to his rank and way of life; and it is so far from being a disparagement to any man's understanding, that it is rather a proof of it, to be as well dressed as those whom he lives with: the difference in this case, between a man of sense and a fop, is, that the fop values himself upon his dress; and the man of sense laughs at it, at the same time that he knows he must not neglect...

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