The Letters of Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield: Introduction, index, etc

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126. oldal - Talk often, but never long; in that case, if you do not please, at least you are sure not to tire your hearers. Pay your own reckoning, but do not treat the whole company; this being one of the very few cases in which people do not care to be treated, every one being fully convinced that he has wherewithal to pay.
274. oldal - Know the true value of time ; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination ; never put off till to-morrow what you can do to-day.
254. oldal - The late Lord Chancellor Cowper's strength, as an orator, lay by no means in his reasonings, for he often hazarded very weak ones. But such was the purity and elegancy of his style, such the propriety and charms of his elocution, and such the gracefulness of his action, that he never spoke without universal applause : the ears and the eyes gave him up the hearts and the understandings of the audience.
24. oldal - Beware, therefore, now that you are coming into the world, of these preferred friendships. Receive them with great civility, but with great incredulity too ; and pay them with compliments, but not with confidence. Do not let your vanity and self-love make you suppose that people become your friends at first sight, or even upon a short acquaintance. Real friendship is a slow grower : and never thrives unless ingrafted upon a stock of known and reciprocal merit.
332. oldal - A man who owes so little, can clear it off in a very little time, and if he is a prudent man, will ; whereas a man, who by long negligence owes a great deal, despairs of ever being able to pay ; and therefore never looks into his accounts at all.
291. oldal - Fix onfe certain hour and day in the week for your accounts, and keep them together in their proper order ; by which means they will require very little time, and you can never be much cheated. Whatever letters and papers you keep, docket and tie them up in their respective classes, so that you may instantly have recourse to any one.
232. oldal - FROM the time that you have had life, it has been the principal and favourite object of mine to make you as perfect as the imperfections of human nature will allow ; in this view I have grudged no pains nor expense in your education ; convinced that education, more than nature, is the cause of that great difference which we see in the characters of men. While you were a child, I endeavoured to form your heart habitually to virtue and honour, before your understanding was capable of showing you their...
190. oldal - Great merit, or great failings, will make you respected or despised; but trifles, little attentions, mere nothings, either done, or neglected, will make you either liked or disliked, in the general run of the world.
138. oldal - ... in many families, but also as it enables him to put by and parry some subjects of conversation which might possibly lay him under difficulties — both what to say and how to look. Of all the men that ever I knew in my life (and I knew him extremely well), the late Duke of Marlborough 1 possessed the Graces in the highest degree, not to say engrossed them...
28. oldal - ... it ; but his prevailing weakness was to be thought to have a polite and happy turn to gallantry, of which he had undoubtedly less than any man living : it was his favourite and frequent subject of conversation, which proved to those who had any penetration that it was his prevailing weakness. And they applied to it with success.

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