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.
Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)
Contributed by: Zaady
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.
Looked as if she had walked straight out of the ark.
Source: Lady Holland's Memoir. Vol. i. P. 157.
Politeness is good nature regulated by good sense.
He deserves to be preached to death by wild curates.
It is always right that a man should be able to render a reason for the faith that is within him.
Source: Lady Holland's Memoir. Vol. i. P. 53.
When you rise in the morning, form a resolution to make the day a happy one to a fellow creature.
You find people ready enough to do the Samaritan, without the oil and twopence.
Source: Lady Holland's Memoir. Vol. i. P. 261.
He had occasional flashes of silence that made his conversation perfectly delightful.
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