Letters Written by the Earl of Chesterfield to His Son, Volume 3

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Page 343 - Le peuple entra dans le sanctuaire, il leva le voile qui doit toujours couvrir tout ce que l'on peut dire et tout ce que l'on peut croire du droit des peuples et de celui des rois, qui ne s'accordent jamais si bien ensemble que dans le silence.
Page 335 - Patience is a most necessary qualification for business ; many a man would rather you heard his story, than granted his request.
Page 35 - ... instead of looking at, and attending to you, fix their eyes upon the ceiling, or some other part of the room, look out of the window, play with a dog, twirl their snuff-box, or pick their nose. Nothing discovers a little, futile, frivolous mind more than this, and nothing is so offensively ill-bred: it is an explicit declaration on your part, that every, the most trifling object, deserves your attention more than all that can be said by the person who is speaking to you.
Page 142 - ... aimed at by every rational being. I look upon indolence as a sort of suicide; for the Man is effectually destroyed, though the appetites of the Brute may survive.
Page 335 - Spirit is now a very fashionable word ; to act with spirit, to speak with spirit, means only to act rashly and to talk indiscreetly. An able man shows his spirit by gentle words and resolute actions ; he is neither hot nor timid.
Page 25 - Siecle de Louis XIV. It came at a very proper time ; Lord Bolingbroke had just taught me how History should be read ; Voltaire shows me how it should be written.
Page 101 - Turn to the end of the volume. enough, as drunken men are to think themselves sober enough. They look upon spirit to be a much better thing than experience ; which they call coldness. They are but half mistaken ; for though spirit without experience is dangerous, experience without spirit is languid and defective.
Page 284 - I call them violent measures ; not less than les dragonnadcs; and to have the tax collected by the troops we have there. For my part, I never saw a froward child mended by whipping; and I would not have the mother country become a step-mother. Our trade to America brings in, communibus...
Page 292 - There never was so wet a summer as this has been, in the memory of man ; we have not had one single day, since March, without some rain ; but most days a great deal.
Page 291 - Every body is puzzled how to account for this step ; though it would not be the first time that great abilities have been duped by low cunning. But, be it what it will, he is now certainly only Earl of Chatham, and no longer Mr. Pitt in any respect whatever.

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