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Sydney Smith
By Anonym 14 Sep

Sydney Smith

Oh, don't tell me of facts, I never believe facts; you know, [George] Canning said nothing was so fallacious as facts, except figures.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Sydney Smith

It is no more necessary that a man should remember the different dinners and suppers which have made him healthy, than the different books which have made him wise. Let us see the results of good food in a strong body, and the results of great reading in a full and powerful mind.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Sydney Smith

Going to marry her? Impossible! You mean a part of her; he could not marry her all himself. It would be a case, not of bigamy but trigamy; there is enough of her to furnish wives for the whole parish. One man marry her! - it is monstrous! You might people a colony with her; or give an assembly with her; or perhaps take your morning's walk round her, always provided there were frequent resting places, and you were in rude health. I once was rash enough to try walking round her before breakfast, but only got half way and gave it up exhausted. Or you might read the Riot Act and disperse her; in short, you might do anything but marry her!

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sydney Smith

How can a bishop marry? How can he flirt? The most he can say is "I will see you in the vestry after service.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Sydney Smith

Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Sydney Smith

Whatever you are by nature, keep to it; never desert your line of talent. Be what nature intended you for, and you will succeed.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Sydney Smith

Marriage resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they cannot be separated; often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing anyone who comes between them.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Sydney Smith

Never give way to melancholy; resist it steadily, for the habit will encroach.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Sydney Smith

No furniture is so charming as books.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Sydney Smith

Scotland: That garret of the earth - that knuckle-end of England - that land of Calvin, oatcakes, and sulfur.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sydney Smith

A great deal of talent is lost to the world for the want of a little courage. Every day sends to their graves a number of obscure men who have only remained obscure because their timidity has prevented them from making a first effort; and who, if they could only have been induced to begin, would in all probability have gone great lengths in the career of fame.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Sydney Smith

Poverty is no disgrace to a man, but it is confoundedly inconvenient.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sydney Smith

Have the courage to be ignorant of a great number of things, in order to avoid the calamity of being ignorant of everything.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sydney Smith

Do not try to push your way through to the front ranks of your profession; do not run after distinctions and rewards; but do your utmost to find an entry into the world of beauty.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Sydney Smith

The thing about performance, even if it's only an illusion, is that it is a celebration of the fact that we do contain within ourselves infinite possibilities.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Sydney Smith

The two women exchanged the type of glance women use when there is no knife handy.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Sydney Smith

Manners are the shadows of virtues; the momentary display of those qualities which our fellow creatures love, and respect.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sydney Smith

Avoid shame, but do not seek glory; nothing so expensive as glory.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sydney Smith

Great men hallow a whole people, and lift up all who live in their time.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sydney Smith

Hope is the belief, more or less strong, that joy will come.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Sydney Smith

Lucy, dear child, mind your arithmetic. You know in the first sum of yours I ever saw there was a mistake. You had carried two (as a cab is licensed to do), and you ought, dear Lucy, to have carried but one. Is this a trifle? What would life be without arithmetic, but a scene of horrors.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Sydney Smith

You find people ready enough to do the Samaritan, without the oil and twopence.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Sydney Smith

Madam, I have been looking for a person who disliked gravy all my life; let us swear eternal friendship.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Sydney Smith

Resolve to make at least one person happy every day, and then in ten years you may have made three thousand, six hundred and fifty persons happy, or brightened a small town by your contribution to the fund of general enjoyment.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sydney Smith

A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sydney Smith

A comfortable house is a great source of happiness. It ranks immediately after health and a good conscience.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sydney Smith

He not only overflowed with learning, but stood in the slop.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sydney Smith

Human beings cling to their delicious tyrannies and to their exquisite nonsense, till death stares them in the face.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Sydney Smith

Let the Dean and Canons lay their heads together and the thing will be done.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Sydney Smith

we know nothing of tomorrow, our business is to be good and happy today

By Anonym 15 Sep

Sydney Smith

What two ideas are more inseparable than beer and Britannia?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Sydney Smith

When I hear any man talk of an unalterable law, the only effect it produces on me is to convince me that he is an unalterable fool

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sydney Smith

His enemies might have said before that he talked rather too much; but now he has occasional flashes of silence, that make his conversation perfectly delightful.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sydney Smith

Among the smaller duties of life I hardly know any one more important than that of not praising where praise is not due.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sydney Smith

Errors, to be dangerous, must have a great deal of truth mingled with them. It is only from this alliance that they can ever obtain an extensive circulation.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Sydney Smith

Politeness is good nature regulated by good sense.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Sydney Smith

It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little; do something.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Sydney Smith

When you rise in the morning, form a resolution to make the day a happy one for a fellow creature.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Sydney Smith

[T]he 47th proposition in Euclid might now be voted down with as much ease as any proposition in politics; and therefore if Lord Hawkesbury hates the abstract truths of science as much as he hates concrete truth in human affairs, now is his time for getting rid of the multiplication table, and passing a vote of censure upon the pretensions of the hypotenuse.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Sydney Smith

Solitude cherishes great virtues and destroys little ones.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sydney Smith

If you want to improve your understanding, drink coffee.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sydney Smith

He who drinks a tumbler of London water has literally in his stomach more animated beings than there are men, women, and children on the face of the globe.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sydney Smith

Heat, ma am! It was so dreadful here that I found there was nothing left for it but to take off my flesh and sit in my bones.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sydney Smith

If I were to begin life again, I would devote it to music. It is the only cheap and unpunished rapture upon earth.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sydney Smith

I always fear that creation will expire before teatime.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Sydney Smith

The main question to a novel is -- did it amuse? were you surprised at dinner coming so soon? did you mistake eleven for ten? were you too late to dress? and did you sit up beyond the usual hour? If a novel produces these effects, it is good; if it does not -- story, language, love, scandal itself cannot save it. It is only meant to please; and it must do that or it does nothing.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Sydney Smith

I look upon Switzerland as an inferior sort of Scotland.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Sydney Smith

Some men have only one book in them, others a library.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Sydney Smith

People who love only once in their lives are shallow people. What they call their loyalty, and their fidelity, I call either the lethargy of custom, or their lack of imagination

By Anonym 14 Sep

Sydney Smith

Take short views, hope for the best and trust in God.