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3859 Philip Dormer Stanhope

AUTHOR:Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield (1694–1773)
QUOTATION:I knew once a very covetous, sordid fellow, 1 who used to say, “Take care of the pence, for the pounds will take care of themselves.”
ATTRIBUTION:Letter, Nov. 6, 1747.
Note 1.
W. Lowndes, Secretary of the Treasury in the reigns of King William, Queen Anne, and King George the Third. [back]