Sydney Smith

1771 - 1845

A Quote by Sydney Smith on nature, success, and talent

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.

Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)

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A Quote by Sydney Smith on courage and order

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

Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)

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A Quote by Sydney Smith on conversation, enemies, and silence

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.

Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)

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A Quote by Sydney Smith on god and world

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Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea! How did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea!

Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)

Source: Recipe for Salad. P. 383.

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A Quote by Sydney Smith on men, sexes, and women

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

Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)

Source: Lady Holland's Memoir. Vol. i. P. 262.

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A Quote by Sydney Smith on books, conversation, and silence

Macaulay is like a book in breeches. . . . He has occasional flashes of silence, that make his conversation perfectly delightful.

Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)

Source: Lady Holland's Memoir. Vol. i. P. 363.

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A Quote by Sydney Smith on literature and society

To take Macaulay out of literature and society and put him in the House of Commons, is like taking the chief physician out of London during a pestilence.

Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)

Source: Lady Holland's Memoir. Vol. i. P. 265.

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A Quote by Sydney Smith on marriage and opposites

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

Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)

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A Quote by Sydney Smith on children, companions, freedom, god, justice, peace, safety, truth, and victory

Speaking of justice: Truth is its handmaid, freedom is its child, peace is its companion, safety walks in its steps, victory follows in its train; it is the brightest emanation from the Gospel; it is the attribute of God.

Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)

Source: Lady Holland's Memoir. Vol. i. P. 29.

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A Quote by Sydney Smith

Looked as if she had walked straight out of the ark.

Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)

Source: Lady Holland's Memoir. Vol. i. P. 157.

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