Never try to reason the prejudice out of a man. It wasn't reasoned into him, and it cannot be reasoned out.
Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)
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No one minds what Jeffrey says: . . it is not more than a week ago that I heard him speak disrespectfully of the equator.
Source: Lady Holland's Memoir. Vol. i. P. 17.
Madam, I have been looking for a person who disliked gravy all my life; let us swear eternal friendship.
Source: Lady Holland's Memoir, 1855, vol. 1, ch. 9
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.
My living in Yorkshire was so far out of the way, that it was actually twelve miles from a lemon.
Source: Lady Holland's Memoir. Vol. i. P. 262.
I have no relish for the country; it is a kind of healthy grave.
I am convinced digestion is the great secret of life.
Source: To Arthur Kingdale
Poverty is no disgrace to a man, but it is confoundedly inconvenient.
Source: His Wit and Wisdom
Never give way to melancholy; resist it steadily, for the habit will encroach.
Whatever you are by nature, keep to it; never desert your own line of talent. Be what nature intended you for, and you will succeed; be anything else and you will be ten thousand times worse than nothing.
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