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Never seem wiser, nor more learned, than the people you are with. 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.


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LORD CHESTERFIELD
Words are the dress of thoughts; which should no more be presented in rags, tatters, and dirt than y...
LORD CHESTERFIELD
Promptness is the soul of business
LORD CHESTERFIELD
No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination; never put off till tomorrow what you can do today
LORD CHESTERFIELD
Women, and young men, are very apt to tell what secrets they know, from the vanity of having been tr...
LORD CHESTERFIELD
Learning is acquired by reading books; but the much more necessary learning, the knowledge of the wo...
LORD CHESTERFIELD
Good humor is the health of the soul, sadness its poison
LORD CHESTERFIELD
A weak mind is like a microscope, which magnifies trifling things but cannot receive great ones
LORD CHESTERFIELD
Words are the dress of thoughts; which should no more be presented in rags, tatters, and dirt than y...
LORD CHESTERFIELD
Promptness is the soul of business
LORD CHESTERFIELD
Men are much more unwilling to have their weaknesses and their imperfections known than their crimes
LORD CHESTERFIELD
Advice is seldom welcome, and those who need it the most, like it the least.
LORD CHESTERFIELD
Look in the face of the person to whom you are speaking if you wish to know his real sentiments, for...
LORD CHESTERFIELD
If you are not in fashion, you are nobody. - "Letter to his son", April 30, 1750.
LORD CHESTERFIELD
Better to understand a little than to misunderstand a lot.
LORD CHESTERFIELD
Wear your learning, like a watch, in a private pocket: and do not pull it out and strike it, merely ...
LORD CHESTERFIELD
Be wiser than other people if you can; but do not tell them so.
LORD CHESTERFIELD
Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it
LORD CHESTERFIELD
Little, vicious minds abound with anger and revenge, and are incapable of feeling the pleasure of f...
EARL OF CHESTERFIELD
A light supper, a good night's sleep, and a fine morning have often made a hero of the same man who ...
EARL OF CHESTERFIELD
Sacrifice to the Graces.
EARL OF CHESTERFIELD
Courts and camps are the only places to learn the world in.
EARL OF CHESTERFIELD
Advice is seldom welcome; and those who want it the most always want it the least.
EARL OF CHESTERFIELD
A chapter of accidents.
EARL OF CHESTERFIELD
Little, vicious minds abound with anger and revenge, and are incapable of feeling the pleasure of ...
EARL OF CHESTERFIELD
Due attention to the inside of books, and due contempt for the outside, is the proper relation betwe...
EARL OF CHESTERFIELD
Take the tone of the company you are in.
EARL OF CHESTERFIELD
Every woman is infallibly to be gained by every sort of flattery, and every man by one sort or other...
EARL OF CHESTERFIELD
Religion is by no means a proper subject of conversation in a mixed company.
EARL OF CHESTERFIELD
A man is a very small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.
LORD DUNSANY
Sincerity may be humble but she cannot be servile.
LORD BYRON
You need pencil miles to be a great artist, animator, or filmmaker, and the sooner you start making ...
PHIL LORD
I am sure of nothing so little as my own intentions.
LORD BYRON
The dew of compassion is a tear.
LORD BYRON
Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
LORD ACTON