Philip Stanhope Quotes


I look upon indolence as a sort of suicide; for the man is effectually destroyed though the appetites of the brute may survive.

Persist and persevere and you will find most things that are attainable possible.

A novel must be exceptionally good to live as long as the average cat.

Any affectation whatsoever in dress implies in my mind a flaw in the understanding.

The rich are always advising the poor but the poor seldom return the compliment.

Knowledge of the world in only to be acquired in the world and not in a closet.

The world is a country which nobody ever yet knew by description; one must travel through it one's self to be acquainted with it.

To have frequent recourse to narrative betrays great want of imagination.

Whoever is in a hurry shows that the thing he is about is too big for him.

Swift speedy time feathered with flying hours Dissolves the beauty of the fairest brow.

Every man becomes to a certain degree what the people he generally converses with are.

In the mass of mankind I fear there is too great a majority of fools and knaves; who singly from their number must to a certain degree be respected though they are by no means respectable.

In matters of religion and matrimony I never give any advice; because I will not have anybody's torments in this world or the next laid to my charge.

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.

Custom has made dancing sometimes necessary for a young man; therefore mind it while you learn it that you may learn to do it well and not be ridiculous though in a ridiculous act.

Let your enemies be disarmed by the gentleness of your manner but at the same time let them feel the steadiness of your resentment.

The only solid and lasting peace between a man and his wife is doubtless a separation.

It is always right to detect a fraud and to perceive a folly; but it is very often wrong to expose either. A man of business should always have his eyes open but must often seem to have them shut.

Sex: the pleasure is momentary the position ridiculous and the expense damnable.

A young man be his merit what it will can never raise himself; but must like the ivy round the oak twine himself round some man of great power and interest.

Idleness is only the refuge of weak minds.

A wise man will live as much within his wit as within his income.