Quotes by Lord Chesterfield


Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.
– Lord Chesterfield
A constant smirk upon the face, and a whiffing activity of the body, are strong indications of futility.
– Lord Chesterfield
A man of sense only trifles with them, plays with them, humors and flatters them, as he does with a sprightly and forward child; but he neither consults them about, nor trusts them with, serious matters.
– Lord Chesterfield
A novel must be exceptionally good to live as long as the average cat.
– Lord Chesterfield
A weak mind is like a microscope, which magnifies trifling things, but cannot receive great ones.
– Lord Chesterfield
A wise man will live as much within his wit as within his income.
– Lord Chesterfield
Advice is seldom welcome; and those who want it the most, always like it the least.
– Lord Chesterfield
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.
– Lord Chesterfield
Any affectation whatsoever in dress implies, in my mind, a flaw in the understanding.
– Lord Chesterfield
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.
– Lord Chesterfield
Be wiser than other people if you can, but do not tell them so.
– Lord Chesterfield
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.
– Lord Chesterfield
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.
– Lord Chesterfield
Distrust all those who love you extremely upon a very slight acquaintance and without any visible reason.
– Lord Chesterfield
Frequent and loud laughter is the characteristic of folly and ill manners.
– Lord Chesterfield
Good breeding is the result of good sense, some good nature, and a little self-denial for the sake of others.
– Lord Chesterfield
Good humor is the health of the soul, sadness is its poison.
– Lord Chesterfield
He makes people pleased with him by making them first pleased with themselves.
– Lord Chesterfield
Hear one side and you will be in the dark. Hear both and all will be clear.
– Lord Chesterfield
Honest error is to be pitied, not ridiculed.
– Lord Chesterfield