Lord Chesterfield Quotes

Men will not believe because they will not broaden their minds.

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Wrongs are often forgiven, but contempt never is. Our pride remembers it forever.

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Whoever is in a hurry shows that the thing he is about is too big for him.

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Young men are apt to think themselves wise enough, as drunken men are apt to think themselves sober enough.

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To govern mankind, one must not overrate them.

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Any affectation whatsoever in dress implies, in my mind, a flaw in the understanding.

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Knowledge of the world is only to be acquired in the world, and not in a closet.

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You must look into people as well as at them.

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To have frequent recourse to narrative betrays great want of imagination.

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Character must be kept bright as well as clean.

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Let them show me a cottage where there are not the same vices of which they accuse the courts.

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Manners must adorn knowledge, and smooth its way through the world.

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Our own self-love draws a thick veil between us and our faults.

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In my mind, there is nothing so illiberal, and so ill-bred, as audible laughter.

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Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible.

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Men, as well as women, are much oftener led by their hearts than by their understandings.

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Lord Tyrawley and I have been dead these two years, but we don't choose to have it known.

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