CHATHAM, William Pitt Quotes
1st Earl (1708-1778), English statesman
Trade increases the wealth and glory of a country; but its real strength and stamina are to be looked for among the cultivators of the land.
I would have it inscribed on the curtains of your bed and the walls of your chamber: "If you do not rise early you can make progress in nothing."
Good-breeding is benevolence in trifles, or the preference of others to ourselves in the daily occurrences of life.
I would have inscribed on the curtains of your bed, and the walls of your chamber, "If you do not rise early, you can never make progress in anything. If you do not set apart your hours of reading, if you suffer yourself or any one else to break in upon them, your days will slip through your hands unprofitably and frivolous, and really unenjoyed by yourself."
Moderation, which consists in an indifference about little things, and in a prudent and well-proportioned zeal about things of importance, can proceed from nothing but true knowledge, which has its foundation in self-acquaintance.
Bowing, ceremonious, formal compliments, stiff civilities, will never be politeness; that must be easy, natural, unstudied; and what will give this but a mind benevolent and attentive to exert that amiable disposition in trifles to all you converse and live with?
If you are not right toward God, you can never be so toward man; and this is forever true, whether wits and rakes allow it or not.
The sum and substance of the preparation needed for a coming eternity is that you believe what the Bible tells you, and do what the Bible bids you.
Where law ends, tyranny begins.