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Lord Chesterfield

1694-1773. British statesman.

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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.

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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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History is but a confused heap of facts.

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A weak mind is like a microscope, which magnifies trifling things, but cannot receive great ones.

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You must look into people, as well as at them.

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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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Take the tone of the company you are in.

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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.

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The difference 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 he knows he must not neglect it.

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Women who are either indisputably beautiful, or indisputably ugly, are best flattered upon the score of their understandings; but those who are in a state of mediocrity are best flattered upon their beauty, or at least their graces: for every woman who is not absolutely ugly, thinks herself handsome.

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