Quotes on Lord Chesterfield
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1. Chesterfield; Patronage
"Is not a Patron, my Lord, one who looks with unconcern on a man struggling for life in the water, and, when he has reached ground, encumbers him with help?"
Johnson: Letter to Chesterfield

2. Chesterfield; Ouch!!!; Wit
"This man I thought had been a Lord among wits; but, I find, he is only a wit among Lords!"
Boswell: Life

The complete text of Johnson's letter to Lord Chesterfield can be found within Jack Lynch's Samuel Johnson web site, at

1,773. Chesterfield; Ouch!
When [Chesterfield's] letters to his natural son were published, [Johnson] observed, that "they teach the morals of a whore, and the manners of a dancing master."
Boswell: Life of Johnson

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