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 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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