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PHILIP DORMER STANHOPE QUOTES

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

PHILIP DORMER STANHOPE, letter to his son, Oct. 4, 1746

An injury is much sooner forgotten than an insult.

PHILIP DORMER STANHOPE, letter to his son, Oct. 9, 1746

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

PHILIP DORMER STANHOPE, letter to his son, May 8, 1750

In my mind, there is nothing so illiberal and so ill-bred as audible laughter.

PHILIP DORMER STANHOPE, Advice to his Son

Few people do business well who do nothing else.

EARL OF CHESTERFIELD, letter to his son, Aug. 7, 1749

In matters of religion and matrimony I never give any advice; because I will not have anybody's torments in this world or the next laid to my charge.

PHILIP DORMER STANHOPE, letter to A.C. Stanhope, Oct. 12, 1765

Wear your learning, like a watch, in a private pocket; and do not pull it out and strike it, merely to show that you have one. If you are asked what o'clock it is, tell it, but do not proclaim it hourly and unasked, like the watchman.

PHILIP DORMER STANHOPE, Letters Written by the Earl of Chesterfield to His Son

As for operas, they are essentially too absurd and extravagant to mention; I look upon them as a magic scene contrived to please the eyes and the ears at the expense of the understanding.

PHILIP STANHOPE, letter to his son, January 23, 1752

Speak the language of the company you are in; speak it purely, and unlarded with any other.

PHILIP DORMER STANHOPE, Letters Written by the Earl of Chesterfield to His Son


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