Lord Chesterfield's advice to his son on men and manners. To which are added, selections from Colton's 'Lacon'.

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Page 55 - Frequent and loud laughter is the characteristic of folly and ill manners : it is the manner in which the mob express their silly joy at silly things ; and they call it being merry. In my mind there is nothing so illiberal, and so ill-bred, as audible laughter.
Page 102 - As old Homer ; that sly rogue Horace; Maro, instead of Virgil ; and Naso, instead of Ovid. These are often imitated by coxcombs who have no learning at all, but who have got some names and some scraps of ancient authors by heart, which they improperly and impertinently retail in all companies, in hopes of passing for scholars. If, therefore, you would avoid the accusation of pedantry, on one hand, or the suspicion of ignorance, on the other, abstain from learned ostentation. Speak the language of...
Page 178 - MEN are born with two eyes, but with one tongue, in order that they should see twice as much as they say...
Page 114 - Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination ; never put off till to-morrow what you can do to-day.
Page 6 - When an awkward fellow first comes into a room, it is highly probable that his sword gets between his legs and throws him down, or makes him stumble, at least. When he has recovered this accident, he goes and places himself in the very place of the whole room where he should not...
Page 60 - A man of fashion never has recourse to proverbs and vulgar aphorisms ; uses neither favorite words nor hard words, but takes great care to speak very correctly and grammatically, and to pronounce properly, — that is, according to the usage of the best companies.
Page 3 - You should not only have attention to everything, but a quickness of attention, so as to observe, at once, all the people in the room, their motions, their looks, and their words, and yet without staring at them, and seeming to be an observer.
Page 121 - The intoxication of anger, like that of the grape, shows us to others, but hides us from ourselves ; and we injure our own cause, in the opinion of the world, when we too passionately and eagerly defend it ; like the father of Virginia, who murdered his daughter to prevent her violation.
Page 74 - Nature has hardly formed a woman ugly enough, to be insensible to flattery upon her person ; if her face is so shocking, that she must, in some degree, be conscious of it, her figure and her air, she trusts, make ample amends for it.
Page 63 - 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 bel]) you to fix the true point.

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