Philip Dormer Stanhope

[4th Earl Chesterfield]

Philip Dormer Stanhope Quotes

  • ''There is nothing that people bear more impatiently, or forgive less, than contempt: and an injury is much sooner forgotten than an insult.''
    Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. letter, Oct. 9, 1746, first published (1774). The Letters of the Earl of Chesterfield to His Son, vol. 1, no. 113, ed. Charles Strachey (1901).
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  • ''Custom has made dancing sometimes necessary for a young man; therefore mind it while you learn it, that you may learn to do it well, and not be ridiculous, though in a ridiculous act.''
    Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. letter Oct. 9, 1746. The Letters of the Earl of Chesterfield to His Son, vol. 1, no. 113, first published (1774), ed. Charles Strachey (1901).
  • ''Cardinal Mazarin was a great knave, but no great man; much more cunning than able; scandalously false and dirtily greedy.''
    Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. Letter, "Miscellaneous Pieces," 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. 324, London (1774). Jules Marzarein (1602-1661), premier ministre of France during the regency of Anne of Austria, and reputedly the most powerful influence in the country, amassed a colossal fortune during their joint reign, thus justifying at least part of Chesterfield's indictment.
  • ''In friendship, as well as in love, the mind is often the dupe of the heart.''
    Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. letter, Dec. 30, 1751, The French Correspondence of the 4th Earl of Chesterfield, vol. I, p. 92, ed. Rex A. Barrell, trans. James Gray, Ottawa, Borealis Press (1980).
  • ''Gold and silver are but merchandise, as well as cloth or linen; and that nation that buys the least, and sells the most, must always have the most money.''
    Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. Letter, "Miscellaneous Pieces," 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. 332, London (1774).
  • ''There is not a more prudent maxim, than to live with one's enemies as if they may one day become one's friends; as it commonly happens, sooner or later, in the vicissitudes of political affairs.''
    Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. letter, Dec. 31, 1757, 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. 120, London (1774).
  • ''An honest man may really love a pretty girl, but only an idiot marries her merely because she is pretty.''
    Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. letter, Dec. 3, 1734, The French Correspondence of the 4th Earl of Chesterfield, vol. I, p. 150, ed. Rex A. Barrell, trans. James Gray, Ottawa, Borealis Press (1980).
  • ''You should be alerte, adroit, vif; be wanted, talked of, impatiently expected, and unwillingly parted with in company.''
    Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. letter, Nov. 14, 1749, 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. II, pp. 255-56, London (1774). Alerte, adroit, vif: quick-minded, clever, lively.
  • ''Words, which are the dress of thoughts, deserve surely more care than clothes, which are only the dress of the person.''
    Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. letter, Nov. 20, 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. 32, London (1774).
  • ''You will find that reason, which always ought to direct mankind, seldom does; but that passions and weaknesses commonly usurp its seat, and rule in its stead.''
    Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. letter, Feb. 15, 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. 54, London (1774).

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