Sydney Smith

1771 - 1845

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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A Quote by Sydney Smith on society

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Ah, you flavour everything; you are the vanilla of society.

Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)

Source: Lady Holland's Memoir. Vol. i. P. 262.

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A Quote by Sydney Smith on life

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Life is fortified by many friendships

Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)

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A Quote by Sydney Smith on books and play

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In the four quarters of the globe, who reads an American book, or goes to an American play, or looks at an American picture or statue?

Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)

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

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A Quote by Sydney Smith

The Smiths never had any arms, and have invariably sealed their letters with their thumbs.

Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)

Source: Lady Holland's Memoir. Vol. i. P. 244.

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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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