Quotes by Earl of Chesterfield

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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.
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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.
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 brothers  grandparents  

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Polished brass will pass upon more people than rough gold.
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 appearance  

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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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 health  

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Modesty is the only sure bait when you angle for praise.
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 compliments  

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The knowledge of the world is only to be acquired in the world, and not in a closet.
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 risk  

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The mere brute pleasure of reading - the sort of pleasure a cow must have in grazing.
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 books  cows  

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To this principle of vanity, which philosophers call a mean one, and which I do not, I owe a great part of the figure which I have made in life.
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 vanity  

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Whoever is in a hurry shows that the thing he is about is too big for him.
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 haste  

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Vicious minds abound with anger and revenge are incapable of feeling the pleasure of forgiving their enemies.
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 anger  

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