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Lord Philip Chesterfield
1694 - 1773
English statesman

Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well.

Mar. 10, 1746 - from a letter to his son
Firmness of purpose is one of the most necessary sinews of character, and one of the best instruments of success. Without it genius wastes its efforts in a maze of inconsistencies.

Politicians neither love or hate. Interest, not sentiment, directs them.

Aim at perfection in everything, though in most things it is unattainable. However, they who aim at it, and persevere, will come much nearer to it than those whose despondency and laziness make them give it up as unattainable.