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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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.
Source: Lady Holland's Memoir. Vol. i. P. 265.
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.
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.
Source: Lady Holland's Memoir. Vol. i. P. 29.
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.
My idea of heaven is eating pate de foie gras to the sound of trumpets.
Source: H. Pearson The Smith of Smiths, 1934
Magnificent spectacle of human happiness.
Source: America. Edinburgh Review, July, 1824.
Not body enough to cover his mind decently with; his intellect is improperly exposed.
Source: Lady Holland's Memoir. Vol. i. P. 258.
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