Quotation by Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield, 4th Earl

The late Président de Montesquieu told me that he knew how to be blind—he had been so for such a long time—but I swear that I do not know how to be deaf: I cannot get used to it, and I am as humiliated and distressed by it today as I was during the first week. No philosophy in the world can palliate deafness.
Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694–1773), British statesman, man of letters. letter, Dec. 7, 1762, The French Correspondence of the 4th Earl of Chesterfield, vol. I, p. 108, ed. Rex A. Barrell, trans. James Gray, Ottawa, Borealis Press (1980).
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