Philip Dormer Stanhope

[4th Earl Chesterfield]

Philip Dormer Stanhope Quotes

  • ''In the case of scandal, as in that of robbery, the receiver is always thought as bad as the thief.''
    Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. letter, Oct. 19, 1748, first published (1774). The Letters of the Earl of Chesterfield to His Son, vol. 1, no. 166, ed. Charles Strachey (1901).
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  • ''Learning is acquired by reading books; but the much more necessary learning, the knowledge of the world, is only to be acquired by reading men, and studying all the various editions of them.''
    Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. letter, Mar. 16, 1752, 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. III, p. 286, London (1774).
  • ''To have frequent recourse to narrative betrays great want of imagination.''
    Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. Letter, October 19, 1748. The Letters of the Earl of Chesterfield to His Son, vol. 1, no. 166, ed. Charles Strachey (1901).
  • ''In short, let it be your maxim through life, to know all you can know, yourself; and never to trust implicitly to the informations of others.''
    Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. letter, Mar. 16, 1759, 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. 173, London (1774).
  • ''Manners must adorn knowledge, and smooth its way through the world.''
    Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. Letter, July 1, 1748, first published (1774). The Letters of the Earl of Chesterfield to His Son, vol. 1, no. 155, ed. Charles Strachey (1901).
  • ''A constant smirk upon the face, and a whiffling activity of the body, are strong indications of futility.''
    Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. repr. in The Letters of the Earl of Chesterfield to His Son, vol. 1, no. 190, ed. Charles Strachey (1901). letter, Aug. 30, 1749 (1774).
  • ''All I desire for my own burial, is not to be buried alive; but how or where, I think, must be entirely indifferent to every rational creature.''
    Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. letter, Mar. 16, 1769, 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. 277, London (1774). This letter, which dealt with the sad event of the burial of his son, who had died the previous November, was addressed to Philip's widow, Mrs. Eugenia Stanhope, 4th Earl.
  • ''No man tastes pleasures truly, who does not earn them by previous business; and few people do business well, who do nothing else.''
    Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. repr. in The Letters of the Earl of Chesterfield to His Son, vol. 1, no. 189, ed. Charles Strachey (1901). letter, Aug. 7, 1749 (1774).
  • ''Let this be one invariable rule of your conduct—never to show the least symptom of resentment, which you cannot, to a certain degree, gratify; but always to smile, where you cannot strike.''
    Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. letter, Mar. 26, 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. 73, London (1774).
  • ''Remember that whatever knowledge you do not solidly lay the foundation of before you are eighteen, you will never be master of while you breathe.''
    Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. letter, Dec. 11, 1747, 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. I, p. 297, London (1774). Philip was fifteen at the time.

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