Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Governor And The Earl

Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield (1694-1773), Whig grandee, man of letters, patron of the arts, quodam Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, and life-long reprobate knew whereof he spake when he said of fornication:

The pleasure is momentary, the position ridiculous and the cost prohibitive.

Whadda ya sayin'? Chesterton? Speak up, Goddamn it. Oh, Chesterfield. Earl Chesterfield? Never heard of him. Must be a Republican.

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