Quotation by Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield, 4th Earl

I have, by long experience, found women to be like Telephus's spear: if one end kills, the other cures.
Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694–1773), British statesman, man of letters. letter, Feb. 2, 1759, Letters Written by the Late Right Honourable Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl, Earl of Chesterfield, to his Son, Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl, Esq, 5th ed., vol. IV, pp. 168-69, London (1774).

Telephus, son of Hercules and Auge, was wounded, not by his own spear, but that of Achilles, who cured the wound by rubbing the rust of the same spear into it.
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