Sydney Smith

1771 - 1845

A Quote by Sydney Smith on life, needs, spirit, and water

In the midst of this sublime and terrible storm [at Sidmouth], Dame Partington, who lived upon the beach, was seen at the door of her house with mop and pattens, trundling her mop, squeezing out the sea-water, and vigorously pushing away the Atlantic Ocean. The Atlantic was roused; Mrs. Partington's spirit was up. But I need not tell you that the contest was unequal; the Atlantic Ocean beat Mrs. Partington.

Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)

Source: Speech at Taunton, 1813.

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A Quote by Sydney Smith on books

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No furniture is as charming as books, even if you never open them.

Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)

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A Quote by Sydney Smith on country, difficulty, good, and life

Life is a difficulty in the country, and it requires a good deal of forethought to steer the ship, when you are twelve miles from a lemon.

Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)

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A Quote by Sydney Smith

Daniel Webster struck me much like a steam-engine in trousers.

Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)

Source: Lady Holland's Memoir. Vol. i. P. 267.

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A Quote by Sydney Smith on day and fate

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Serenely full, the epicure would say, Fate cannot harm me; I have dined to-day.

Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)

Source: Recipe for Salad. P. 374.

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A Quote by Sydney Smith on mistakes

It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can do only a little. Do what you can.

Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)

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A Quote by Sydney Smith on emotion and life

Soup and fish explain half the emotions in life.

Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)

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A Quote by Sydney Smith on death and nature

Let every man be occupied, and occupied in the highest employment of which his nature is capable, and die with the consciousness that he has done his best.

Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)

Source: Lady Holland's Memoir. Vol. i. P. 130.

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A Quote by Sydney Smith on age, emptiness, life, and trying

He has spent all his life in letting down empty buckets into empty wells; and he is frittering away his age in trying to draw them up again.

Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)

Source: Lady Holland's Memoir. Vol. i. P. 259.

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A Quote by Sydney Smith on innocence, life, people, pleasure, present, and time

No enjoyment, however inconsiderable, is confined to the present moment. A man is the happier for life from having made once an agreeable tour, or lived for any length of time with pleasant people, or enjoyed any considerable interval of innocent pleasure.

Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)

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