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date: 27 January 2020

Lord Chesterfield 1694–1773
English writer and politician 

  1. Religion is by no means a proper subject of conversation in a mixed company.
    Letters…to his Godson and Successor (1890) Letter 142
  2. The knowledge of the world is only to be acquired in the world, and not in a closet.
    Letters to his Son (1774) 4 October 1746
  3. An injury is much sooner forgotten than an insult.
    Letters to his Son (1774) 9 October 1746
  4. Take the tone of the company that you are in.
    Letters to his Son (1774) 16 October 1747
  5. I recommend to you to take care of minutes: for hours will take care of themselves.
    Letters to his Son (1774) 6 November 1747; see Lowndes
  6. Advice is seldom welcome; and those who want it the most always like it the least.
    Letters to his Son (1774) 29 January 1748
  7. Wear your learning, like your watch in a private pocket: and do not merely pull it out and strike it, merely to show that you have one.
    Letters to his Son (1774) 22 February 1748
  8. Women, then, are only children of a larger growth.
    Letters to his Son (1774) 5 September 1748; see Dryden
  9. Idleness is only the refuge of weak minds.
    Letters to his Son (1774) 20 July 1749
  10. It is commonly said, and more particularly by Lord Shaftesbury, that ridicule is the best test of truth.
    Letters to his Son (1774) 6 February 1752
  11. Knowledge may give weight, but accomplishments give lustre, and many more people see than weigh.
    Maxims (1774)
  12. The chapter of knowledge is a very short, but the chapter of accidents is a very long one.
    letter to Solomon Dayrolles, 16 February 1753
  13. In matters of religion and matrimony I never give any advice; because I will not have anybody's torments in this world or the next laid to my charge.
    letter to Arthur Charles Stanhope, 12 October 1765
  14. The pleasure is momentary, the position ridiculous, and the expense damnable.
    of sex