Sydney Smith Quotes

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Sydney Smith Quotes

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

  • A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage. Every day sends to their graves obscure men whose timidity prevented them from making a first effort.

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

  • As the French say, there are three sexes – men, women, and clergymen.

  • Bishop Berkeley destroyed this world in one volume octavo; and nothing remained, after his time, but mind; which experienced a similar fate from the hand of Mr. Hume in 1737.

  • Correspondences are like small clothes before the invention of suspenders; it is impossible to keep them up.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Find fault when you must find fault in private, and if possible sometime after the offense, rather than at the time.

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

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

  • Heaven never helps the men who will not act.

  • I have, alas, only one illusion left, and that is the Archbishop of Canterbury.

  • I look upon Switzerland as an inferior sort of Scotland.

  • I never read a book before previewing it; it prejudices a man so.

  • In composing, as a general rule, run your pen through every other word you have written; you have no idea what vigor it will give your style.

  • It is safest to be moderately base – to be flexible in shame, and to be always ready for what is generous, good, and just, when anything is to be gained by virtue.

  • It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little – do what you can.

  • It 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.

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

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

  • Live always in the best company when you read.

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

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

  • 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.

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

  • Never talk for half a minute without pausing and giving others a chance to join in.

  • No man can ever end with being superior who will not begin with being inferior.

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

  • Science is his forte, and omniscience his foible.

  • Solitude cherishes great virtues and destroys little ones.

  • The object of preaching is to constantly remind mankind of what they keep forgetting; not to supply the intellect, but to fortify the feebleness of human resolutions.

  • 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.

  • To business that we love we rise bedtime, and go to’t with delight.

  • To do anything in this world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in, and scramble through as well as we can.

  • What a pity it is that we have no amusements in England but vice and religion!

  • What would life be without arithmetic, but a scene of horrors?

  • What you don’t know would make a great book.

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