Philip Dormer Stanhope Quotes

Judgment is not upon all occasions required, but discretion always is.

I give my vote to Mr. Johnson to fill that great and arduous post. And I hereby declare that I make a total surrender of all my rights and privileges in the English language, as a free-born British subject, to the said Mr. Johnson, during the term of his dictatorship. nay more; I will not […]

Whatever is worth doing at all, is worth doing well.

Let dull critics feed upon the carcasses of plays; give me the taste and the dressing.

True politeness is perfect ease and freedom. It simply consists in treating others just as you love to be treated yourself.

The manner of a vulgar man has freedom without ease; the manner of a gentleman, ease without freedom.

No man can possibly improve in any company for which he has not respect enough to be under some degree of restraint.

A man’s good breeding, is the best security against other people’s ill manners.

Never hold anyone by the button, or the hand, in order to be heard out; for if people are unwilling to hear you, you had better hold your tongue than them.

Wrongs are often forgiven; contempt never.