Philip Stanhope

4th Earl of Chesterfield Quotes

"Style is the dress of thoughts."

"Little minds mistake little objects for great ones."

"An injury is much sooner forgotten than an insult."

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

"Courts and camps are the only places to learn the world in."

"Do as you would be done by, is the surest method of pleasing."

"Advice is seldom welcome; and those who want it the most always like it the least."

"The knowledge of the world is only to be acquired in the world, and not in a closet."

"The chapter of knowledge is a very short, but the chapter of accidents is a very long one."

"The young leading the young, is like the blind leading the blind; “they will both fall into the ditch.”

"I wish to God that you had as much pleasure in following my advice, as I have in giving it to you."

"Knowledge may give weight, but accomplishments give luster, and many more people see than weigh."

"The characteristic of a well-bred man is, to converse with his inferiors without insolence, and with his superiors with respect and with ease."

"There is time enough for everything, in the course of the day, if you do but one thing at once; but there is not time enough in the year, if you will do two things at a time."

"I really know nothing more criminal, more mean, and more ridiculous than lying. It is the production either of malice, cowardice, or vanity; and generally misses of its aim in every one of these views; for lies are always detected, sooner or later."

"Women who are either indisputably beautiful, or indisputably ugly, are best flattered upon the score of their understandings; but those who are in a state of mediocrity are best flattered upon their beauty, or at least their graces; for every woman who is not absolutely ugly thinks herself handsome."

"Little minds mistake little objects for great ones, and lavish away upon the former that time and attention which only the latter deserve. To such mistakes we owe the numerous and frivolous tribe of insect-mongers, shell-mongers, and pursuers and driers of butterflies, etc. The strong mind distinguishes, not only between the useful and the useless, but likewise between the useful and the curious."


Compiled by Thomas George