Letters written by the...earl of Chesterfield to his son; with some account of his life. 1st complete Amer. ed. [Sig. N2,5 of vol. 2 are mutilated], Volumen 1


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Página 258 - Whatever you think your own excellencies may be, do not affectedly display them in company; nor labour, as many people do, to give that turn to the conversation which may supply you with an opportunity of exhibiting them. If they are real, they will infallibly be discovered without your pointing them out yourself, and with much more advantage.
Página 153 - ... clothes, and in short does nothing, like other people. All this, I own, is not in any degree criminal; but it is highly disagreeable and ridiculous in company, and ought most carefully to be avoided by whoever desires to please. From this account of what you should not do...
Página 142 - Great talents, such as honor, virtue, learning, and parts, are above the generality of the world ; who neither possess them themselves, nor judge of them rightly in others : but all people are judges of the lesser talents, such as civility, affability, and an obliging, agreeable address and manner, because they feel the good effects of them, as making society easy and pleasing.
Página 258 - ... of the company: this is an attention due from every individual to the majority. #Do not tell stories in company; there is nothing more tedious and disagreeable: if by chance you know a very short story, and exceedingly applicable to the present subject of conversation, tell it in as few words as possible; and even then, throw out that you do not love to tell stories; but that the shortness of it tempted you.
Página 252 - ... unwounded. It is not only your duty, but your interest; as a proof of which, you may always observe, that the greatest fools are the greatest liars. For my own part, I judge of every man's truth by his degree of understanding.
Página 214 - ... the difference in this case, between a man of sense and a fop, is, that the fop values himself upon his dress ; and the man of sense laughs at it, at the same time that he knows he must not neglect it...
Página 152 - ... again. If he is to carve, he can never hit the joint ; but, in his vain efforts to cut through the bone, scatters the sauce in everybody's face.
Página 317 - Men, as well as women, are much oftener led by their hearts than by their understandings. The way to the heart is through the senses ; please their eyes and their ears, and the work is half done.
Página 203 - Letters should be easy and natural, and convey to the persons to whom we send them, just what we would say to those persons, if we were with them.
Página 98 - ... that he says. Now it is by Rhetoric that the art of speaking eloquently is taught : and, though I cannot think of grounding you in it as yet, I would wish however to give you an idea of it suitable to your age. The first thing you should attend to is, to speak whatever language you do speak, in its greatest purity, and according to the rules of Grammar ; for we must never offend against Grammar ; nor make use of words, which are not really words.

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