Quotation by Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield, 4th Earl

Style is the dress of thoughts; and let them be ever so just, if your style is homely, coarse, and vulgar, they will appear to as much disadvantage, and be as ill received, as your person, though ever so well-proportioned, would if dressed in rags, dirt, and tatters.
Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694–1773), British statesman, man of letters. letter, Nov. 24, 1749; repr. in The Letters of the Earl of Chesterfield to His Son, vol. 1, no. 203, ed. Charles Strachey (1901). (First published 1774).
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