Quotation by Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield, 4th Earl

In the ordinary course of things, how many succeed in society merely by virtue of their manners, while others, however meritorious, fail through lack of them? After all, it's only barbarians who wear uncut precious stones.
Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694–1773), British statesman, man of letters. letter, Nov. 5, 1750, The French Correspondence of the 4th Earl of Chesterfield, vol. I, p. 70, ed. Rex A. Barrell, trans. James Gray, Ottawa, Borealis Press (1980).
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