Letters written by the...earl of Chesterfield to his son; with some account of his life. 1st complete Amer. ed. [Sig. N2,5 of vol. 2 are mutilated], Volume 2

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Page 139 - the ablest men that ever were have all had an openness and frankness of dealing, and a name of certainty and veracity ; but then they were like horses...
Page 91 - And, as laws are enacted to enforce good morals, or at least to prevent the ill effects of bad ones ; so there are certain rules of civility, universally implied and received, to enforce good manners, and punish bad ones. And indeed there seems to me to be less difference, both between the crimes and punishments, than at first one would imagine.
Page 180 - ... of the heart. The heart never grows better by age ; I fear rather worse, always harder. A young liar will be an old one, and a young knave will only be a greater knave as he grows older. But should a bad young heart, accompanied with a good head, (which, by the way, very seldom is the case,) really reform in a more advanced age from a consciousness of its folly, as well as of its guilt, such a conversion would only be thought prudential and political, but never sincere.
Page 70 - He leaves his hat in one room, his sword in another, and would leave his shoes in a third, if his buckles though awry did not save them ; his legs and arms by his awkward management of them seem to have undergone the question extraordinaire; and his head always hanging upon one or other of his shoulders seems to have received the first stroke upon a block. I sincerely value and esteem him for his parts, learning, and virtue, but for the soul of me I cannot love him in company.
Page 362 - Lord Bolingbroke joined all the politeness, the manners, and the graces of a courtier, to the solidity of a statesman, and to the learning of a pedant.
Page 69 - ... 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 58 - A certain degree of exterior seriousness in looks and motions, gives dignity, without excluding wit and decent cheerfulness, which are always serious themselves. A constant smirk upon the face, and a whiffling activity of the body, are strong indications of futility. Whoever is in a hurry, shows that the thing he is about is too big for him.
Page 352 - ... contrived to please the eyes and the ears at the expense of the understanding; and I consider singing, rhyming and chiming Heroes, and Princesses and Philosophers, as I do the hills, the trees, the birds, and the beasts, who amicably joined in one common country dance to the irresistible tune of Orpheus's lyre. Whenever I go to an Opera, I leave my sense and reason at the door with my half-guinea, and deliver myself up to my eyes and my ears.
Page 120 - Lord Bolingbroke has both a tongue and a pen to persuade ; his manner of speaking in private conversation is full as elegant as his writings ; whatever subject he either speaks or writes upon, he adorns...
Page 194 - These are the things which properly fall within the province of education, in order to form what we call a man of honour, a man possessed of all the qualities and virtues requisite in this kind of government. Here it is that honour interferes with every thing, mixing even with people's manner of thinking, and directing their very principles.

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