Letters written by the ... earl of Chesterfield to his son, publ. by E. Stanhope

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Page 331 - It is your first crisis ; the character which you acquire there will, more or less, be that which will abide by you for the rest of your life. You will be tried and judged there, not as a boy, but as a man ; and from that moment there is -no appeal for character : it is fixed.
Page 130 - He throws any where, but down his throat, whatever he means to drink ; and only mangles what he means to carve.
Page 125 - To bring this directly to you ; know that no man can make a figure in this country, but by parliament. Your fate depends upon your...
Page 116 - He may be in haste to dispatch an affair, but he will take care not to let that haste hinder his doing it well. Little minds are in a hurry, when the object proves (as it commonly does) too big for them : they run, they hare, they puzzle, confound, and perplex themselves ; they want to do everything at once, and never do it at all.
Page 219 - I was an absolute pedant : when I talked my best, I quoted Horace ; when I aimed at being facetious, I quoted Martial ; and when I had a mind to be a fine gentleman, I talked Ovid.
Page 138 - ... business. On the other hand, let no complaisance, no gentleness of temper, no weak desire of pleasing on your part, no wheedling, coaxing, nor flattery, on other people's, make you recede one jot from any point that reason and...
Page 59 - I do by no means advise you to throw away your time in ransacking, like a dull antiquarian, the minute and unimportant parts of remote and fabulous times. Let blockheads read what blockheads wrote.
Page 378 - I am grown old, and have possibly lost a great deal of that fire which formerly made me love fire in others at any rate, and however attended with smoke ; but now I must have all sense, and cannot for the sake of five righteous lines forgive a thousand absurd ones.
Page 33 - Les vertus qu'on nous y montre sont toujours moins ce que l'on doit aux autres, que ce que l'on se doit à soi-même : elles ne sont pas tant ce qui nous appelle vers nos concitoyens que ce qui nous en distingue.
Page 149 - Marcel can be of much more use to you than Aristotle. I would, upon my word, much rather that you had Lord Bolingbroke's style and eloquence, in speaking and writing, than all the learning of the Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society, and the two Universities united.

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