If we do not plant knowledge when young, it will give us no shade when we are old.— Lord Chesterfield
The most delightful Lord Chesterfield quotes that will transform you to a better person
As fathers commonly go, it is seldom a misfortune to be fatherless;
and considering the general run of sons, as seldom a misfortune to be childless.
The mere brute pleasure of reading - the sort of pleasure a cow must have in grazing.
If a marriage is going to work well, it must be on a solid footing, namely money, and of that commodity it is the girl with the smallest dowry who, to my knowledge, consumes the most, to infuriate her husband. All the same, it is only fair that the marriage should pay for past pleasures, since it will scarcely procure any in the future.
An injury is much sooner forgotten than an insult.
Regularity in the hours of rising and retiring, perseverance in exercise, adaptation of dress to the variations of climate, simple and nutritious aliment, and temperance in all things are necessary branches of the regimen of health.
Being pretty on the inside means you don't hit your brother and you eat all your peas - that's what my grandma taught me.
Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination: never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
Manners must adorn knowledge and smooth its way in the world, without them it is like a great rough diamond, very well in a closet by way of curiosity, and also for its intrinsic value; but most prized when polished.
A man's own good breeding is the best security against other people's ill manners.
For my own part, I would rather be in company with a dead man than with an absent one; for if the dead man gives me no pleasure, at least he shows me no contempt; whereas the absent one, silently indeed, but very plainly, tells me that he does not think me worth his attention.
Horse-play, romping, frequent and loud fits of laughter, jokes, and indiscriminate familiarity, will sink both merit and knowledge into a degree of contempt. They compose at most a merry fellow; and a merry fellow was never yet a respectable man.
Modesty is the only sure bait when you angle for praise.
I recommend you to take care of the minutes, for the hours will take care of themselves.
You must look into people, as well as at them.
A weak mind is like a microscope, which magnifies trifling things, but cannot receive great ones.
I really know nothing more criminal, more mean, and more ridiculous than lying.
It is the production either of malice, cowardice, or vanity; and generally misses of its aim in every one of these views; for lies are always detected, sooner or later.
If you have an hour, will you not improve that hour, instead of idling it away?
Good humor is the health of the soul, sadness is its poison.
Aim at perfection in everything, though in most things it is unattainable.
However, they who aim at it, and persevere, will come much nearer to it than those whose laziness and despondency make them give it up as unattainable.
The best way to compel weak-minded people to adopt our opinion, is to frighten them from all others, by magnifying their danger.
An injury is much sooner forgotten than an insult.
Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it.
There is nothing that people bear more impatiently, or forgive less, than contempt: and an injury is much sooner forgotten than an insult.
Young men are apt to think themselves wise enough, as drunken men are apt to think themselves sober enough.
Wrongs are often forgiven; but contempt never is. Our pride remembers it forever.
Most maxim-mongers have preferred the prettiness to the justness of a thought, and the turn to the truth; but I have refused myself to everything that my own experience did not justify and confirm.
Artichoke: That vegetable of which one has more at the finish than at the start of dinner.
Patience is the most necessary quality for business, many a man would rather you heard his story than grant his request.
Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible.
If ever a man and his wife, or a man and his mistress, who pass nights as well as days together, absolutely lay aside all good breeding, their intimacy will soon degenerate into a coarse familiarity, infallibly productive of contempt or disgust.
Firmness of purpose is one of the best instruments of success.
Most people enjoy the inferiority of their best friends.
Character must be kept bright as well as clean.
Religion is by no means a proper subject of conversation in mixed company;
it should only be treated among a very few people of learning, for mutual instruction. It is too awful and respectable a subject to become a familiar one.
The more one works, the more willing one is to work.
Wear your learning like a watch and do not pull it out merely to show you have it. If you are asked for the time, tell it; but do not proclaim it hourly unasked.
Wrongs are often forgiven, but contempt never is.
Our pride remembers it forever. It implies a discovery of weakness, which we are more careful to conceal than a crime. Many a man will confess his crimes to a friend; but I never knew a man that would tell his silly weaknesses to his most intimate one.
Pleasure is a necessary reciprocal. No one feels, who does not at the same time give it. To be pleased, one must please. What pleases you in others, will in general please them in you.
Knowledge may give weight, but accomplishments give luster, and many more people see than weigh.
Absolute power can only be supported by error, ignorance and prejudice.
Be wiser than other people, if you can; but do not tell them so.
Vice, in its true light, is so deformed, that it shocks us at first sight;
and would hardly ever seduce us, if it did not at first wear the mask of some virtue.
Sex: the pleasure is momentary, the position ridiculous, and the expense damnable.
When a person is in fashion, all they do is right.
Style is the dress of thoughts, and let them be ever so just.
Truth, but not the whole truth, must be the invariable principle of every man who hath either religion, honour, or prudence. Thosewho violate it, may be cunning, but they are not able. Lies and perfidy are the refuge of fools and cowards.
We are as often duped by diffidence as by confidence.
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.
Judgment is not upon all occasions required, but discretion always is.
In the mass of mankind, I fear, there is too great a majority of fools and knaves; who, singly from their number, must to a certain degree be respected, though they are by no means respectable.