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Earl of Chesterfield Quotes

About Earl of Chesterfield

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Earls of Chesterfield, in the County of Derby, was a title in the Peerage of England. It was created in 1616 for Philip Stanhope. He had already been created Baron Stanhope, of Shelford in the County of Nottingham, in 1616, also in the Peerage of England. Stanhope's youngest son the Hon. Alexander Stanhope was the father of James Stanhope, 1st Earl Stanhope while his half-brother Sir John Stanhope of Elvaston was the great-grandfather of William Stanhope, 1st Earl of Harrington.

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Quotations

Advice is seldom welcome; and those who want it the most always like it the least.

~ Earl of Chesterfield

- letter to his son, Jan 29, 1748

The young leading the young, is like the blind leading the blind; they will both fall into the ditch.

~ Earl of Chesterfield

You must look into people, as well as at them.

~ Earl of Chesterfield

Never hold anyone by the button or the hand in order to be heard out; for if people are unwilling to hear you, you had better hold your tongue than them.

~ Earl of Chesterfield

Firmness of purpose is one of the most necessary sinews of character, and one of the best instruments of success. Without it genius wastes its efforts in a maze of inconsistencies.

~ Earl of Chesterfield

History is a confused heap of facts.

~ Earl of Chesterfield

Idleness is the only refuge of weak minds, and the holiday of fools.

~ Earl of Chesterfield

We are, in truth, more than half of what we are by imitation.

~ Earl of Chesterfield

Inferiority is what you enjoy in your best friends.

~ Earl of Chesterfield

An injury is much sooner forgotten than an insult.

~ Earl of Chesterfield

Arbitrary power has seldom...been introduced in any country
at once. It must be introduced by slow degrees, and as it
were step by step.

~ Earl of Chesterfield

A weak mind is like a microscope, which magnifies trifling things but cannot receive great ones.

~ Earl of Chesterfield
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