Aphorisms by author: Philip Chesterfield

I cannot give advice in the matters of marriage and religion. I do not want people to suffer because of me.
By theme : Behavior Marriage Religion
The vulgar only laugh, but never smile; whereas well-bred people often smile, but seldom laugh.
By theme : Behavior Psychology
Wrongs are often forgiven, but contempt never is. Our pride remembers it forever.
By theme : Relations
Wit is so shining a quality that everybody admires it; most people aim at it, all people fear it, and few love it unless in themselves. A man must have a good share of wit himself to endure a great share of it in another.
By theme : Psychology Thought Wit
Physical ills are the taxes laid upon this wretched life; some are taxed higher, and some lower, but all pay something.
By theme : Life
When a person is in fashion, all they do is right.
By theme : Fashion Person
There is nothing that people bear more impatiently or forgive less, than contempt: and an injury is much sooner forgotten than an insult.
By theme : Psychology Relations
Inferiority is what you enjoy in your best friends.
By theme : Friendship Relations
If you can once engage people`s pride, love, pity, ambition on your side, you need not fear what their reason can do against you.
By theme : Behavior Reason
Women are much more alike than men; they have, in truth, but two passions, vanity and love; these are their universal characteristics.
By theme : Behavior Men Women
Women and young men are very apt to tell what secrets they know from the vanity of having been intrusted.
By theme : Behavior Psychology
Never hold anyone by the button or the hand in order to be heard out; for if people are unwilling to hear you, you had better hold your tongue than them.
By theme : Behavior Relations
Good humor is the health of the soul, sadness is its poison.
By theme : Health Humor Psychology
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.
By theme : Behavior
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.
By theme : Education Thought Wisdom
An injury is much sooner forgotten than an insult.
By theme : Relations
The rich are always advising the poor, but the poor seldom return the compliment.
By theme : Wealth
Vice, in its true light, is so deformed, that it shocks us at first sight; and would hardly ever seduce us, if it did not at first wear the mask of some virtue.
By theme : Vice
Young men are apt to think themselves wise enough, as drunken men are apt to think themselves sober enough.
By theme : Wisdom Youth
A weak mind is like a microscope, which magnifies trifling things but cannot receive great ones.
By theme : Knowledge Psychology Thought
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