Philip Dormer Stanhope

[4th Earl Chesterfield]

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  • ''Whoever incites anger has a strong insurance against indifference.''
    Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. letter, Apr. 2, 1752, The French Correspondence of the 4th Earl of Chesterfield, vol. I, p. 92, ed. Rex A. Barrell, trans. James Gray, Ottawa, Borealis Press (1980).
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  • ''To write anything tolerable, the mind must be in a natural, proper disposition; provocatives, in that case, as well as in another, will only produce miserable, abortive performances.''
    Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. Letter, June 27, 1758, Letters Written by the Late Right Honourable Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl, Earl of Chesterfield, to his Son, Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl, Esq, 5th ed., vol. IV, p. 145, London (1774).
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  • ''It is hard to say which is the greatest fool: he who tells the whole truth, or he who tells no truth at all. Character is as necessary in business as in trade. No man can deceive often in either.''
    Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. one of a list of maxims appended to letter, Jan. 15, 1753, Letters Written by the Late Right Honourable Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl, Earl of Chesterfield, to his Son, Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl, Esq, 5th ed., vol. IV, p.....
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  • ''We are as often duped by diffidence, as by confidence.''
    Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. Letter, Letters Written by the Late Right Honourable Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl, Earl of Chesterfield, to his Son, Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl, Esq, 5th ed., vol. IV, p. 316, London (1774). A maxim attributed by Chesterfield to Jean-Francois Paul de Gondi, Cardinal de Retz (1613-1679), whose Mémoires and Maximes he often quoted. In one letter to his son, Mar. 25, 1748, he quoted no fewer than 67 of them, mainly on political matters.
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  • ''Violent measures are always dangerous, but, when necessary, may then be looked on as wise. They have, however, the advantage of never being matter of indifference; and, when well concerted, must be decisive.''
    Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. Letter, Letters Written by the Late Right Honourable Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl, Earl of Chesterfield, to his Son, Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl, Esq, 5th ed., vol. IV, p. 318, London (1774). A maxim attributed by Chesterfield to Jean-Francois Paul de Gondi, Cardinal de Retz (1613-1679), whose Mémoires and Maximes he often quoted. In one letter to his son, Mar. 25, 1748, he quoted no fewer than 67 of them, mainly on political matters.
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  • ''If you would be a favourite of your king, address yourself to his weaknesses. An application to his reason will seldom prove very successful.''
    Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. one of a list of maxims appended to letter, Jan. 15, 1753, Letters Written by the Late Right Honourable Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl, Earl of Chesterfield, to his Son, Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl, Esq, 5th ed., vol. IV, p.. Chesterfield was writing from first-hand acquaintance with George I and II.
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  • ''One of the greatest difficulties in civil war is, that more art is required to know what should be concealed from our friends, than what ought to be done against our enemies.''
    Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. Letter, Letters Written by the Late Right Honourable Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl, Earl of Chesterfield, to his Son, Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl, Esq, 5th ed., vol. IV, p. 319, London (1774). A maxim attributed by Chesterfield to Jean-Francois Paul de Gondi, Cardinal de Retz (1613-1679), whose Mémoires and Maximes he often quoted. In one letter to his son, Mar. 25, 1748, he quoted no fewer than 67 of them, mainly on political matters.
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  • ''Lord Tyrawley and I have been dead these two years, but we don't choose to have it known.''
    Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. Quoted by Dr. Samuel Johnson in James Boswell, Life of Dr. Johnson, April 3, 1773 (1791).
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  • ''Nothing convinces persons of a weak understanding so effectually, as what they do not comprehend.''
    Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. Letter, Letters Written by the Late Right Honourable Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl, Earl of Chesterfield, to his Son, Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl, Esq, 5th ed., vol. IV, p. 319, London (1774). A maxim attributed by Chesterfield to Jean-Francois Paul de Gondi, Cardinal de Retz (1613-1679), whose Mémoires and Maximes he often quoted.
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  • ''Singularity is only pardonable in old age and retirement; I may now be as singular as I please, but you may not.''
    Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. letter, Apr. 5, 1754, Letters Written by the Late Right Honourable Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl, Earl of Chesterfield, to his Son, Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl, Esq, 5th ed., vol. IV, p. 78, London (1774). Chesterfield was sixty at the time, and his son twenty-two.
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