A man of sense only trifles with them, plays with them, humours and flatters them, as he does with a sprightly and forward child; but he neither consults them about, nor trusts them with, serious matters.
Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694–1773), British statesman, man of letters. letter, Sept. 5, 1748, repr. in The Letters of the Earl of Chesterfield to His Son, vol. 1, no. 161, ed. Charles Strachey (1901). (First published 1774).