Lord chesterfield's advice to his son, on men and manners [selections from the letters].


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Σελίδα 46 - I must particularly warn you against it: and I could heartily wish, that you may often be seen to smile, but never heard to laugh while you live. 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.
Σελίδα 46 - 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.
Σελίδα 69 - ... business ! On the other hand, let no complaisance, no gentleness of temper, no weak desire of pleasing on your part, no wheedling, coaxing, nor flattery, on other people's, make you recede one jot from any point that reason and prudence have bid you pursue ; but return to the charge, persist, persevere, and you will find most things attainable that are possible.
Σελίδα 42 - ... smooth and clean — not tipped with black, as the ordinary people's always are. The ends of your nails should be small segments of circles...
Σελίδα 32 - ... persons of distinguished and eminent posts. It is the manner of showing that respect which is different. The man of fashion and of the world expresses it in its fullest extent, but naturally, easily, and without concern ; whereas a man who is not used to keep good company expresses it awkwardly ; one sees that he is not used to it, and that it costs him a great deal ; but I never saw the worst-bred man living guilty of lolling, whistling, scratching his head, and such like indecencies, in company...
Σελίδα 67 - ... in re. He may, possibly, by great accident, now and then succeed, when he has only weak and timid people to deal with ; but his general fate will be, to shock offend, be hated, and fail. On the other hand...
Σελίδα 10 - ... company. Being asked how he could possibly find time to go through so much business, and yet amuse himself in the evenings as he did ? he answered, " There was nothing so easy ; for that it was only doing one thing at a time, and never putting off anything till to-morrow that could be done to-day.
Σελίδα 67 - They are sufficiently obvious. A man who has patiently been kicked may as well pretend to courage, as a man blasted by vices and crimes may to dignity of any kind. But an exterior decency and dignity of manners will even keep such a man longer from sinking, than otherwise he would be : of such consequence is the TO irptirov, even though affected and put on ! Pray read frequently, and with the utmost attention, nay, get by heart, if you can, that incomparable chapter in Cicero's Offices, upon the...
Σελίδα 12 - I have known many a man, from his awkwardness, give people such a dislike of him at first, that all his merit could not get the better of it afterwards.
Σελίδα 65 - There is a certain dignity of manners absolutely necessary, to make even the most valuable character either respected or respectable. Horse-play, romping, frequent and loud fits of laughter, jokes, waggery, and indiscriminate familiarity, will sink both merit and knowledge into a degree of contempt. They compose at most a merry fellow; and a merry fellow was never yet a respectable man. Indiscriminate familiarity either offends your superiors, or else dubs you their dependent, and led captain. It...

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