The Letters of Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield, with the Characters: Events in the life of Chesterfield ; Introduction ; Lord Charlemont on Chesterfield's letters ; Anecdotes of Philip Stanhope ; Letters to his son, 1739-1751
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Page 317 - Take care of the pence and the pounds will take care of themselves is as true of personal habits as of money.
Page 94 - ... motions, a proper degree of dress, an harmonious voice, something open and cheerful in the countenance, but without laughing; a distinct and properly varied manner of speaking: all these things, and many others, are necessary ingredients in the composition of the pleasing je ne sais quoi, which everybody feels, though nobody can describe.
Page 185 - Dress yourself fine, where others are fine; and plain where others are plain; but take care always that your clothes are well made, and fit you, for otherwise they will give you a very awkward air.
Page 63 - I have often told you, politeness and good breeding are absolutely necessary to adorn any or all other good qualities or talents. Without them, no knowledge, no perfection whatsoever, is seen in its best light. The Scholar, without good breeding, is a Pedant ; the Philosopher, a Cynic ; the Soldier, a Brute ; and every man disagreeable.
Page 160 - Talk often, but never long; in that case, if you do not please, at least you are sure not to tire your hearers. Pay your own reckoning, but do not treat the whole company...
Page 244 - This flapper is likewise employed diligently to attend his master in his walks, and upon occasion to give him a soft flap on his eyes ; because he is always so wrapped up in cogitation, that he is in manifest danger of falling down every precipice and bouncing his head against every post, and in the streets, of jostling others, or being jostled himself, into the kennel.
Page 404 - They alone can inflame or quiet the House; they alone are attended to in that numerous and noisy assembly, that you might hear a pin fall while either of them is speaking. Is it that their matter is better, or their arguments stronger, than other people's ? Does the House expect extraordinary information from them ? Not in the least ; but the House expects pleasure from them, and therefore attends ; finds it, and therefore approves.
Page 173 - He had no share of what is commonly called parts; that is, he had no brightness, nothing shining in his genius. He had, most undoubtedly, an excellent good plain understanding, with sound judgment. But these alone would probably have raised him but something higher than they found him, which was page to King James the Second's Queen.