Letters written by the ... earl of Chesterfield to his son, publ. by E. Stanhope, Volume 4

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Page 368 - All ceremonies are in themselves very silly things ; but yet, a man of the world should know them. They are the outworks of manners and decency, which would be too often broken in upon, if it were not for that defence, which keeps the enemy at a proper distance.
Page 64 - Church, that would destroy it. The people are poor, consequently discontented : those who have religion, are divided in their notions of it: which is saying, that they hate one another. -The Clergy never do forgive ; much less will they forgive the Parliament: the Parliament never will forgive them.
Page 234 - Bradford estate, which he * *, is as much ; both which, at only five-and-twenty years' purchase, amount to eight hundred thousand pounds ; and all this he has left to his brother General Pulteney, and in his own disposal, though he never loved him. The legacies he has left are trifling, for, in truth, he cared for nobody ; the words give and bequeath were too shocking to him to repeat, and so he left all, in one word, to his brother.
Page 194 - Adolphus, in two quartos; it will contain many new particulars of the life of that real hero, as he has had abundant and authentic materials which have never yet appeared. It will, upon the whole, be a very curious and valuable history ; though, between you and me, I could have wished that he had been more correct and elegant in his style. You will find it dedicated to one of your acquaintance, who was forced to prune the luxuriant praises bestowed upon him, and yet has left enough of all conscience...
Page 272 - Townshend has now the sole management of the House of Commons ; but how long he will be content to be only Lord Chatham's vicegerent there, is a question which I will not pretend to decide. There is one very bad sign for Lord Chatham, in his new dignity ; which is, that all his enemies, without exception, rejoice at it ; and all his friends are stupified and dumbfounded.
Page 271 - THE curtain was at last drawn up, the day before yesterday, and discovered the new actors, together with some of the old ones. I do not name them to you, because to-morrow's Gazette will do it full as well as I could. Mr. Pitt, who had carte blanche given him, named every one of them...
Page 330 - A man who tells nothing, or who tells all, will equally have nothing told him. If a fool knows a secret, he tells it because he is a fool ; if a knave knows one, he tells it wherever it is his interest to tell it. But women and young men are very apt to tell what secrets they know, from the vanity of having been trusted. Trust none of these whenever you can help it.
Page 341 - Le peuple entra dans le sanctuaire, il leva le voile qui doit toujours couvrir tout ce que l'on peut dire et tout ce que l'on peut croire du droit des peuples et de celui des rois, qui ne s'accordent jamais si bien ensemble que dans le silence.
Page 63 - Good manners are the settled medium of social, as specie is of commercial life ; returns are equally expected for both ; and people will no more advance their civility to a bear, than their money to a bankrupt.
Page 274 - But this I will be bold to say, that had he (Lord T ) not fastened himself into Mr. Pitt's train, and acquired thereby such an interest in that great man, he might have crept out of life with as little notice as he crept in ; and gone off with no other degree of credit, than that of adding a single unit to the bills of mortality.

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