Quotation by Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield, 4th Earl

We are as often duped by diffidence, as by confidence.
Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694–1773), British statesman, man of letters. Letter, 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, p. 316, London (1774).

A maxim attributed by Chesterfield to Jean-Francois Paul de Gondi, Cardinal de Retz (1613-1679), whose Mémoires and Maximes he often quoted. In one letter to his son, Mar. 25, 1748, he quoted no fewer than 67 of them, mainly on political matters.
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