Philip Dormer Stanhope Quotes

Many young people adopt pleasures, for which they have not the least taste, only because they are called by that name. They often mistake so totally, as to imagine that debauchery is pleasure. You must allow that drunkenness, which is equally destructive to body and mind, is a fine pleasure. Gaming, that draws you into […]

Sex: The pleasure is momentary, the position ridiculous, and the expense damnable.

If you will please people, you must please them in their own way.

If you would convince others, seem open to conviction yourself.

Aim at perfection in everything, though in most things it is unattainable. However, they who aim at it, and persevere, will come much nearer to it than those whose despondency and laziness make them give it up as unattainable.

Patience is a most necessary qualification for business; many a man would rather you heard his story than granted his request.

There never were, since the creation of the world, two cases exactly parallel.

Be wiser than other people if you can; but do not tell them so.

Whenever I go to an opera, I leave my sense and reason at the door with my half guinea, and deliver myself up to my eyes and my ears.

There is hardly anybody good for everything, and there is scarcely anybody who is absolutely good for nothing.