Sydney Smith

Sydney Smith (June 3, 1771, Woodford, Essex, England - February 22, 1845 London), was an English writer and Anglican clergyman

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Live always in the best company when you read.
To love and be loved is the great happiness of existence.
A comfortable house is a great source of happiness. It ranks immediately after health and a good conscience.
A great deal of talent is lost to the world for the want of a little courage.
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.
Correspondences are like small clothes before the invention of suspenders; it is impossible to keep them up.
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.
Find fault when you must find fault in private, and if possible sometime after the offense, rather than at the time.
Have the courage to be ignorant of a great number of things, in order to avoid the calamity of being ignorant of everything.
He had occasional flashes of silence, that made his conversation perfectly delightful.
He not only overflowed with learning, he stood in the slop.
His enemies might have said before that he talked rather too much; but now he has occasional flashes of silence, that make his conversation perfectly delightful.
I have no relish for the country; it is a kind of healthy grave.
I have, alas, only one illusion left, and that is the Archbishop of Canterbury.
I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so.
It is always right that a man should be able to render a reason for the faith that is within him.
It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can do only a little. Do what you can.
It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little. Do what you can.
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.
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.
Never try to reason the prejudice out of a man. It was not reasoned into him, and cannot be reasoned out.
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.
There is one piece of advice, in a life of study, which I think no one will object to and that is, every now and then to be completely idle - to do nothing at all.
There is one piece of advice, in a life of study, which I think no one will object to; and that is, every now and then to be completely idle - to do nothing at all.
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.
What would the world do without tea? - how did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea.
Whatever you are by nature, keep to it never desert your line of talent. Be what nature intended you for and you will succeed.
Whatever you are by nature, keep to it; never desert your line of talent. Be what nature intended you for and you will succeed.
Whatever you are from nature, keep to it; never desert your own line of talent. Be what nature intended you for, and you will succeed; be anything else, and you will be ten thousands times worse than nothing.
You must not think me necessarily foolish because I am facetious, nor will I consider you necessarily wise because you are grave.

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