Sydney Smith - Quotes

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The thing about performance, even if it's only an illusion, is that it is a celebration of the fact that we do contain within ourselves infinite possibilities. ---->>>

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

Whatever you are by nature, keep to it; never desert your line of talent. Be what nature intended you for, and you will succeed. ---->>>

A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage. Every day sends to their graves obscure men whose timidity prevented them from making a first effort.

A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage. Every day sends to their graves obscure men whose timidity prevented them from making a first effort.

Marriage resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they cannot be separated; often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing anyone who comes between them.

Marriage resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they cannot be separated; often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing anyone who comes between them.

Among the smaller duties of life I hardly know any one more important than that of not praising where praise is not due. ---->>>

As the French say, there are three sexes - men, women, and clergymen. ---->>>

Have the courage to be ignorant of a great number of things, in order to avoid the calamity of being ignorant of everything. ---->>>

Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence. ---->>>

Madam, I have been looking for a person who disliked gravy all my life; let us swear eternal friendship. ---->>>

Manners are like the shadows of virtues, they are the momentary display of those qualities which our fellow creatures love and respect. ---->>>

Do not try to push your way through to the front ranks of your profession; do not run after distinctions and rewards; but do your utmost to find an entry into the world of beauty. ---->>>

Find fault when you must find fault in private, and if possible sometime after the offense, rather than at the time. ---->>>

Great men hallow a whole people, and lift up all who live in their time. ---->>>

A comfortable house is a great source of happiness. It ranks immediately after health and a good conscience. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Correspondences are like small clothes before the invention of suspenders; it is impossible to keep them up. ---->>>

I look upon Switzerland as an inferior sort of Scotland. ---->>>

The object of preaching is to constantly remind mankind of what they keep forgetting; not to supply the intellect, but to fortify the feebleness of human resolutions. ---->>>

Solitude cherishes great virtues and destroys little ones. ---->>>

In composing, as a general rule, run your pen through every other word you have written; you have no idea what vigor it will give your style. ---->>>

Never talk for half a minute without pausing and giving others a chance to join in. ---->>>

I have, alas, only one illusion left, and that is the Archbishop of Canterbury. ---->>>

Science is his forte, and omniscience his foible. ---->>>

To business that we love we rise bedtime, and go to't with delight. ---->>>

Heaven never helps the men who will not act. ---->>>

Let the Dean and Canons lay their heads together and the thing will be done. ---->>>

No man can ever end with being superior who will not begin with being inferior. ---->>>

I never read a book before previewing it; it prejudices a man so. ---->>>

Never give way to melancholy; resist it steadily, for the habit will encroach. ---->>>

Poverty us no disgrace to a man, but it is confoundedly inconvenient. ---->>>

What a pity it is that we have no amusements in England but vice and religion! ---->>>

What would life be without arithmetic, but a scene of horrors? ---->>>

What you don't know would make a great book. ---->>>

It is safest to be moderately base - to be flexible in shame, and to be always ready for what is generous, good, and just, when anything is to be gained by virtue. ---->>>

Errors, to be dangerous, must have a great deal of truth mingled with them. It is only from this alliance that they can ever obtain an extensive circulation. ---->>>

Bishop Berkeley destroyed this world in one volume octavo; and nothing remained, after his time, but mind; which experienced a similar fate from the hand of Mr. Hume in 1737. ---->>>

Live always in the best company when you read. ---->>>

It resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they cannot be separated, often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing anyone who comes between them. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: English
Born: June 3, 1771
Birthplace:
Die: February 22, 1845
Occupation: Clergyman
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Sydney Smith (3 June 1771 – 22 February 1845) was an English wit, writer and Anglican cleric.(wikipedia)