Lord Chesterfield Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old lord chesterfield quotes, lord chesterfield sayings, and lord chesterfield proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Never seem more learned than the people you are with. Wear your learning like a pocket watch and keep it hidden. Do not pull it out to count the hours, but give the time when you are asked.      

Lord Chesterfield

Be wiser than other people, if you can; but do not tell them so.     

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Good humor is the health of the soul, sadness is its poison.     

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Be your character what it will, it will be known, and nobody will take it upon your word.     

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Our own self-love draws a thick veil between us and our faults.     

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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.     

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I recommend to you to take care of the minutes; for hours will take care of themselves.     

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Let your enemies be disarmed by the gentleness of your manner, but at the same time let them feel, the steadiness of your resentment.     

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Be wiser than other people, if you can, but do not tell them so.     

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Human nature is the same everywhere; the modes only are different.     

Lord Chesterfield

Physical ills are the taxes laid upon this wretched life; some are taxed higher, and some lower, but all pay something.     

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People hate those who make them feel their own inferiority.     

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Being pretty on the inside means you dont hit your brother and you eat all your peas thats what my grandma taught me.     

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Sex: the pleasure is momentary, the position ridiculous, and the expense damnable.      

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Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible.     

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Most people enjoy the inferiority of their best friends.     

Lord Chesterfield

Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no delay, no procrastination; never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.     

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Style is the dress of thoughts, and let them be ever so just.     

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The only solid and lasting peace between a man and his wife is, doubtless, a separation.     

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Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no delay, no procrastination; never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.     

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A man's own good breeding is the best security against other people's ill manners.     

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Manners must adorn knowledge and smooth its way through the world.     

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Maintain a clean and strong character.     

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If we do not plant knowledge when young, it will give us no shade when we are old.     

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The manner of your speaking is full as important as the matter, as more people have ears to be tickled than understandings to judge.     

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The scholar without good breeding is a pedant; the philosopher, a cynic.     

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The vulgar only laugh, but never smile; whereas well-bred people often smile, but seldom laugh.     

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The manner of a vulgar man has freedom without ease, and the manner of a gentleman has ease without freedom.     

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A vulgar man is captious and jealous; eager and impetuous about trifles. He suspects himself to be slighted, and thinks everything that is said meant at him.     

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Ceremony is necessary as the outwork and defense of manners.     

Lord Chesterfield