Letters Written by the Late Right Honourable Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield: To His Son, Philip Stanhope, Esq. ... Together with Several Other Pieces on Various Subjects. In Four Volumes, Volume 3

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J. Nichols and Son, 1804
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Page 104 - His figure, without being deformed, seems made to disgrace or ridicule the common structure of the human body : his legs and arms are never in the position which, according to the situation of his body, they ought to be in, but constantly employed in committing acts of hostility upon the Graces.
Page 241 - Learning is acquired by reading books ; but the much more necessary learning, the knowledge of the world, is only to be acquired by reading men and studying all the various editions of them.
Page 99 - To bring this directly to you ; know that no man can make a figure in this country, but by parliament. Your fate depends upon your...
Page 176 - I was an absolute pedant : when I talked my best, I quoted Horace ; when I aimed at being facetious, I quoted Martial ; and when I had a mind to be a fine gentleman, I talked Ovid.
Page 119 - I was early convinced of the importance and powers of eloquence, and from that moment I applied myself to it. I resolved not to utter one word, even in common conversation, that should not be the most expressive and the most elegant that the language could supply me with for that purpose; by which means I have acquired such a certain degree of habitual eloquence, that I must now really...
Page 262 - Was it his birth ? No, a Dutch gentleman only. Was it his estate ? No, he had none. Was it his learning, his parts, his political abilities and application ? You can answer these questions as easily, and as soon, as I can ask them. What was it then ? Many people wondered, but I do not ; for I know, and will tell you. It was his air, his address, his manners, and his graces.
Page 119 - I was particularly attentive to the choice of my words, to the harmony and roundness of my periods, to my elocution, to my action. This succeeded and ever will succeed; they thought I informed, because I pleased them; and many of them said, that I had made the whole very clear to them, when, God knows, I had not even attempted it.
Page 334 - I will own to you, under the secrecy of confession, that my vanity has very often made me take great pains to make ,many a woman in love with me, if I could, for whose person I would not have given a pinch of snuff.
Page 321 - XIV, which I have yet read but four times. In reading over all his works, with more attention I suppose than before, my former admiration of him is, I own, turned into astonishment.
Page 270 - Mar^chal d'Uxelles, and others. The late Duke of Marlborough, who was at least as able a negotiator as a general, was exceedingly ignorant of books, but extremely knowing in men, whereas the learned Grotius appeared, both in Sweden and in France, to be a very bungling minister.

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