Letters Written by the Earl of Chesterfield to His Son

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J.B. Lippincott & Company, 1876 - Conduct of life - 609 pages
 

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Page 101 - ... 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 it. There are a thousand foolish customs of this kind, which, not being criminal, must be complied with, and even cheerfully, by men of sense. Diogenes the Cynic was a wise man for despising them; but a fool for showing it. Be wiser than other people, if you can; but do not tell them so.
Page 127 - For my own part, I used to. think myself in company as much above me, when I was with Mr. Addison and Mr. Pope, as if I had been with all the princes in Europe.
Page 212 - 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. When you are once well dressed for the day, think no more of it afterwards ; and, without any stiffness for fear of discomposing that dress, let all your motions be as easy and natural as if you had no clothes on at all.
Page 39 - The dawn is overcast, the morning lowers And heavily in clouds brings on the day The great, th' important day
Page 203 - Of all the men that ever I knew in my life (and I knew him extremely well), the late Duke of Marlborough * possessed the Graces in the highest degree, not to say engrossed them...
Page 369 - There is a man whose moral character, deep learning, and superior parts, I acknowledge, admire, and respect; but whom it is so impossible for me to love, that I am almost in a fever whenever I am in his company. His figure (without being deformed) seems made to disgrace or ridicule the common structure of the human body. His legs and arms are never in the position which, according to the situation of his body, they ought to be in ; but constantly employed in committing acts of hostility upon the...
Page 267 - Good manners are, to particular societies what good morals are to society in general, — their cement and their security. 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 193 - ... good company"; they cannot have the easy manners and tournure of the world, as they do not live in it. If you can bear your part well in such a company, it is extremely right to be in it sometimes, and you will be but more esteemed in other companies for having a place in that. But then do not let it engross you ; for if you do, you will be only considered as one of the literati by profession, which is not the way either to shine or rise in the world.
Page 149 - Not to mention the disagreeable noise that it makes, and the shocking distortion of the face that it occasions.
Page 285 - Bolingbroke's book,* which he published about a year ago. I desire that you will read it over and over again, with particular attention to the style, and to all those beauties of oratory with which it is adorned. Till I read that book, I confess I did not know all the extent and powers of the English language.

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