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Advice
Engrave this Quote Advice is seldom welcome; and those who want it the most always like it the least.
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-Lord Chesterfield
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Age
Engrave this Quote The heart never grows better by age; I fear rather worse, always harder. A young liar will be an old one, and a young knave will only be a greater knave as he grows older.
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Ancestry, Ancestors
Engrave this Quote Good breeding is the result of good sense, some good nature, and a little self-denial for the sake of others.
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Engrave this Quote The scholar without good breeding is a nitpicker; the philosopher a cynic; the soldier a brute and everyone else disagreeable.
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Assumptions
Engrave this Quote The world can doubtless never be well known by theory: practice is absolutely necessary; but surely it is of great use to a young man, before he sets out for that country, full of mazes, windings, and turnings, to have at least a general map of it, made by some experienced traveler.
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Belief
Engrave this Quote Men will not believe because they will not broaden their minds.
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Books
Engrave this Quote Speak of the moderns without contempt, and of the ancients without idolatry.
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Business
Engrave this Quote No man tastes pleasures truly, who does not earn them by previous business; and few people do business well, who do nothing else.
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Character
Engrave this Quote Be your character what it will, it will be known; and nobody will take it upon your word.
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Engrave this Quote Character must be kept bright as well as clean.
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Engrave this Quote You must look into people, as well as at them.
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Company, Companions
Engrave this Quote For my own part, I would rather be in company with a dead man than with an absent one; for if the dead man gives me no pleasure, at least he shows me no contempt; whereas the absent one, silently indeed, but very plainly, tells me that he does not think me worth his attention.
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Conformity & Nonconformity
Engrave this Quote Take the tone of the company you are in.
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Control
Engrave this Quote Firmness of purpose is one of the most necessary sinews of character, and one of the best instruments of success. Without it genius wastes its efforts in a maze of inconsistencies.
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Conversation
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Dance, Dancing
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Divorce
Engrave this Quote The only solid and lasting peace between a man and his wife is, doubtless, a separation.
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Ego
Engrave this Quote Our own self-love draws a thick veil between us and our faults.
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Enemy, Enemies
Engrave this Quote Let your enemies be disarmed by the gentleness of your manner, but at the same time let them feel, the steadiness of your resentment.
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Experience
Engrave this Quote There is a sort of veteran woman of condition, who, having lived always in the grand monde, and having possibly had some gallantries, together with the experience of five and twenty or thirty years, form a young fellow better than all the rules that can be given him. Wherever you go, make some of those women your friends; which a very little matter will do. Ask their advice, tell them your doubts or difficulties as to your behavior; but take great care not to drop one word of their experience; for experience implies age, and the suspicion of age, no woman, let her be ever so old, ever forgives.
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Failure
Engrave this Quote Honest error is to be pitied, not ridiculed.
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Fashion
Engrave this Quote When a person is in fashion, all they do is right.
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Engrave this Quote Any affectation whatsoever in dress implies, in my mind, a flaw in the understanding.
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Engrave this Quote The difference between a man of sense and a fop is that the fop values himself upon his dress; and the man of sense laughs at it, at the same time he knows he must not neglect it.
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