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Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

Birthdate: 22. September 1694
Date of death: 24. March 1773
Other names: Philip Stanhope, Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4º Conde de Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield, Philip Stanhope Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Chesterfield, IV° Conte di Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield, was a British statesman, diplomat, man of letters, and an acclaimed wit of his time. He was born in London to Philip Stanhope, 3rd Earl of Chesterfield, and Lady Elizabeth Savile, and known as Lord Stanhope until the death of his father, in 1726. Following the death of his mother in 1708, Stanhope was raised mainly by his grandmother, the Marchioness of Halifax. Educated at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, he left just over a year into his studies, after focusing on languages and oration. He subsequently embarked on the Grand Tour of the Continent, to complete his education as a nobleman, by exposure to the cultural legacies of Classical antiquity and the Renaissance, and to become acquainted with his aristocratic counterparts and the polite society of Continental Europe.In the course of his post-graduate tour of Europe, the death of Queen Anne and the accession of King George I to the throne opened a political career for Stanhope, and he quickly returned to England. A member of the Whig party, Phillip Stanhope entered government service as a courtier to the King, through the mentorship of his relative, James Stanhope, , the King's favourite minister, who procured his appointment as Lord of the Bedchamber to the Prince of Wales, George II. Wikipedia

„Marriage is the cure of love, and friendship the cure of marriage.“

—  Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

Detached Thoughts http://books.google.com/books?id=vVdSAAAAcAAJ&q=%22Marriage+is+the+cure+of+love+and+friendship+the+cure+of+marriage%22&pg=PA384#v=onepage, first published in Letters and Works of Philip Dormer Stanhope, volume 5 (1847)

„I wish to God that you had as much pleasure in following my advice, as I have in giving it to you.“

—  Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

5 February 1750
Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman (1774)

„We must not suppose that, because a man is a rational animal, he will, therefore, always act rationally; or, because he has such or such a predominant passion, that he will act invariably and consequentially in pursuit of it.“

—  Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

19 December 1749
Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman (1774)
Context: We must not suppose that, because a man is a rational animal, he will, therefore, always act rationally; or, because he has such or such a predominant passion, that he will act invariably and consequentially in pursuit of it. No, we are complicated machines; and though we have one main spring that gives motion to the whole, we have an infinity of little wheels, which, in their turns, retard, precipitate, and sometime stop that motion.

„Every woman is infallibly to be gained by every sort of flattery, and every man by one sort or other.“

—  Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

16 March 1752
Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman (1774)

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„People will no more advance their civility to a bear, than their money to a bankrupt.“

—  Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

25 December 1753
Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman (1774)

„Be wiser than other people if you can; but do not tell them so.“

—  Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

19 November 1745
Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman (1774)

„Cheerful with wisdom, with innocence gay,
And calm with your joys gently glide thro' the day.
The dews of the evening most carefully shun —
Those tears of the sky for the loss of the sun.“

—  Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

"Advice to a Lady in Autumn", published in A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. I. (1763), printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley

„Without some dissimulation no business can be carried on at all.“

—  Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

22 May 1749
Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman (1774)

„Mark in the meadows the ruin of Time;
Take the hint, and let life be improv'd in its prime.“

—  Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

"Advice to a Lady in Autumn", published in A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. I. (1763), printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley

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