Sydney Smith

1771 - 1845

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 acting and life

If you choose to represent the various parts in life by holes upon a table, of different shapes,-some circular, some triangular, some square, some oblong,-and the persons acting these parts by bits of wood of similar shapes, we shall generally find that the triangular person has got into the square hole, the oblong into the triangular, and a square person has squeezed himself into the round hole. The officer and the office, the doer and the thing done, seldom fit so exactly that we can say they were almost made for each other.

Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)

Source: Sketches of Moral Philosophy.

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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.

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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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A Quote by Sydney Smith on good and nature

Politeness is good nature regulated by good sense.

Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)

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A Quote by Sydney Smith on death

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He deserves to be preached to death by wild curates.

Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)

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