Letters Written by the Earl of Chesterfield to His Son, Volume 2

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Page 148 - Take care of the pence and the pounds will take care of themselves is as true of personal habits as of money.
Page 191 - On n'y juge pas les actions des hommes comme bonnes, mais comme belles; comme justes, mais comme grandes; comme raisonnables, mais comme extraordinaires. Dès que l'honneur y peut trouver quelque chose de noble, il est. ou le juge qui les rend légitimes, ' ou le sophiste qui les justifie.
Page 55 - 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 110 - Clarendon paints as possessing beyond all his contemporaries " a head to contrive, a tongue to persuade, and a hand to execute...
Page 273 - The warm choleric man, with strong animal spirits, despises the suaviter in modo, and thinks to carry all before him by the fortiter in re. He may possibly, by great accident, now and then succeed, when he has only weak and timid people to deal with ; but his general fate will be, to shock, offend, be hated, and fail. On the other hand...
Page 185 - Aim at perfection in everything, though in most things it is unattainable ; however, they who aim at it, and persevere, will come much nearer it, than those whose laziness and despondency make them give it up as unattainable.
Page 179 - It is the same in higher life, and in the great business of the world. A man who does not solidly establish and really deserve a character of truth, probity, good manners, and good morals, at his first setting out in the world, may impose and shine like a meteor for a very short time, but will very soon vanish, and be extinguished with contempt.
Page 54 - It seems the minds of these people are so taken up with intense speculations, that they neither can speak, nor attend to the discourses of others, without being roused by some external taction upon the organs of speech and hearing...
Page 153 - l vero condito in molli versi I più schivi, allettando, ha persuaso: Così all'egro fanciul porgiamo aspersi Di soave licor gli orli del vaso; Succhi amari ingannato intanto ei beve, E dall
Page 145 - Rome engrosses every moment of your time ; and if it engrosses it in the manner I could wish, I willingly give up my share of it. I would rather -prodesse quant conspici.

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