Sydney Smith

1771 - 1845

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 eternity, friendship, and life

Madam, I have been looking for a person that dislikes gravy all my life; let us swear eternal friendship.

Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)

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