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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To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness.
"Heat, ma'am!" I said; "it was so dreadful here, that I found there was nothing left for it but to take off my flesh and sit in my bones."
Source: Lady Holland's Memoir. Vol. i. P. 267.
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.
I have the most perfect confidence in your indiscretion.
Men who prefer any load of infamy, however great, to any pressure of taxation, however light.
Source: On American Debts.
It requires a surgical operation to get a joke well into a Scotch understanding.
Source: Lady Holland's Memoir. Vol. i. p. 15.
To do anything in this world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in, and scramble through as well as we can.
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