Saturday, August 17, 2013

Quote of the Day (The Earl of Chesterfield, on How to ‘Wear Your Learning’)

“Wear your learning, like your watch, in a private pocket; and do not pull it out, and strike it, merely to show that you have one. If you are asked what o'clock it is, tell it, but do not proclaim it hourly and unasked, like the watchman.”-- Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield, letter of Feb. 22, 1748, to his son Philip, in The Letters of Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield, with the Characters, Volume 1, edited by John Bradshaw (1892)

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