Elements of a Polite Education: Carefully Selected from the Letters of the Late Right Honorable Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield, to His Son

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Էջ 86 - The knowledge of the world is only to be acquired in the world and not in a closet. Books alone will never teach it you; but they will suggest many things to your observation, which might otherwise escape you ; and your own observations upon mankind, when compared with those which you will find in books, will help you to fix the true point.
Էջ 111 - Wear your learning, like your watch, in a private pocket : and do not pull it out and strike it ; merely to show that you have one.
Էջ 204 - ... but on the contrary, always decline them yourself, and offer them to others, who in their turns will offer them to you ; so that upon the whole you will in your turn enjoy your share of the common right. It would be endless for me to enumerate all the particular instances in which a well-bred man shows his good breeding in good company; and it would be injurious to you to...
Էջ 101 - One may fairly suppose that a man who makes a knave or a fool his friend, has something very bad to do, or to conceal. But, at the same time that you carefully decline the friendship of knaves and fools, if it can be called friendship, there is no occasion to make either of them your enemies, wantonly and unprovoked ; for they are numerous bodies ; and I would rather choose a secure neutrality, than alliance or war, with either of them.
Էջ 151 - Never hold any one 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.
Էջ 204 - There is a third sort of good breeding in which people are the most apt to fail from a very mistaken notion that they cannot fail at all, — I mean with regard to one's most familiar friends and acquaintances, or those who really are our inferiors ; and there undoubtedly a greater degree of ease is not only allowed but proper, and contributes much to the comforts of a private social life. But that ease and freedom have their bounds too, which must by no means be violated.
Էջ 314 - There is a man whose moral character, deep learning, and superior parts, I acknowledge, admire, and respect ; but whom it is so impossible for me to love, that I am almost in a fever whenever I am in his company. His figure (without being deformed) seems made to disgrace or ridicule the common structure of the human body. His legs and arms are never in the position which according to the situation of his body they ought to be in, but constantly employed in committing acts of hostility upon the Graces....
Էջ 47 - ... his breeches. At dinner his awkwardness distinguishes itself particularly, as he has more to do; there he holds his knife, fork and spoon differently from other people ; eats with his knife to...
Էջ 90 - My long and frequent letters, which I send you in great doubt of their success, put me in mind of certain papers, which you have very lately, and I formerly, sent up to kites, along the string, which we called messengers ; some of them the wind used to blow away, others were torn by the string, and but few of them got up .and stuck to the kite.
Էջ 218 - He receives the common attentions of civility as obligations, which he returns with interest; and resents with passion the little inadvertencies of human nature, which he repays with interest too.

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