Sydney Smith

1771 - 1845

A Quote by Sydney Smith on people

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You find people ready enough to do the Samaritan, without the oil and twopence.

Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)

Source: Lady Holland's Memoir. Vol. i. P. 261.

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A Quote by Sydney Smith on conversation and silence

He had occasional flashes of silence that made his conversation perfectly delightful.

Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)

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A Quote by Sydney Smith on death, horses, medicine, privilege, and youth

The schoolboy whips his taxed top; the beardless youth manages his taxed horse with a taxed bridle on a taxed road; and the dying Englishman, pouring his medicine, which has paid seven per cent, into a spoon that has paid fifteen per cent, flings himself back upon his chintz bed which has paid twenty-two per cent, and expires in the arms of an apothecary who has paid a license of a hundred pounds for the privilege of putting him to death.

Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)

Source: Review of Seybert's Annals of the United States, 1820.

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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 existence, happiness, and love

To love and be loved is the greatest happiness of existence.

Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)

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A Quote by Sydney Smith on glory and shame

Avoid shame, but do not seek glory,-nothing so expensive as glory.

Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)

Source: Lady Holland's Memoir. Vol. i. P. 88.

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A Quote by Sydney Smith on happiness and love

To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness.

Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)

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