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33 Famous Quotes by Sydney Smith
6/3/1771 - 2/22/1845
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A comfortable house is a great source of happiness. It ranks immediately after health and a good conscience.

Home Quotes, by Sydney Smith

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He had occasional flashes of silence that made his conversation perfectly delightful.

Silence Quotes, by Sydney Smith

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The dearest things in the world are our neighbor's eyes; they cost everybody more than anything else in housekeeping

Neighbors Quotes, by Sydney Smith

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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.

Performance Quotes, by Sydney Smith

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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.

Possibility Quotes, by Sydney Smith

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Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.

Regret Quotes, by Sydney Smith

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A wise man struggling with adversity is said by some heathen writer to be a spectacle on which the gods might look down with pleasure.

Adversity Quotes, by Sydney Smith , Source: Sermon on the Duties of the Queen

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That knuckle-end of England--that land of Calvin, oat-cakes, and sulphur.

Scotland Quotes, by Sydney Smith , Source: Lady Holland's Memoir (vol. II, p. 17)

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It requires a surgical operation to get a joke well into a Scotch understanding.

Scotland Quotes, by Sydney Smith , Source: Land Holland's Memoir (vol. I, p. 15)

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The most curious offspring of shame is shyness.

Shame Quotes, by Sydney Smith , Source: Lecture on the Evil Affections

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I do not mean to be disrespectful, but the attempt of the Lords to stop the progress of reform, reminds me very forcibly of the great storm of Sidmouth, and of the conduct of the excellent Mrs. Partington on that occasion. In the winter of 1824, there set in a great flood upon that town--the tide rose to an incredible height: the waves rushed in upon the houses, and everything was threatened with destruction. In the midst of this sublime and terrible storm, 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. She was excellent at a slop or a puddle, but she should not have meddled with a tempest.

Reform Quotes, by Sydney Smith , Source: in a speech at Tuunton, Oct. 1831

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We cultivate literature on a little oat-meal.

Literature Quotes, by Sydney Smith , Source: Lady Holland's Memoir (vol. I, p. 23)

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My living in Yorkshire was so far out of the way, that it was actually twelve miles from a lemon.

Lemons Quotes, by Sydney Smith , Source: Lady Holland's Memoir (vol. I, p. 262)

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Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea? how did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea.

Tea Quotes, by Sydney Smith , Source: Lady Holland's Memoir (vol. I, p. 383)

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Oh, herbaceous treat! 'Twould tempt the dying anchorite to eat; Back to the world he'd turn his fleeting soul, And plunge his fingers in the salad bowl; Serenely full the epicure would say, "Fate cannot harm me,--I have dined to-day."

Eating Quotes, by Sydney Smith , Source: A Receipt for a Salad

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We shall generally find that the triangular person has got into the square hole, the oblong into the triangular, and a square person has squeezed himself into the round hole.

Ability Quotes, by Sydney Smith , Source: Sketches of Moral Philosophy

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One of the best methods of rendering study agreeable is to live with able men, and to suffer all those pangs of inferiority which the want of knowledge always inflicts.

Study Quotes, by Sydney Smith , Source: Second Lecture on the Conduct of the Understanding

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It is always right that a man should be able to render a reason for the faith that is within him.

Faith Quotes, by Sydney Smith

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

Happiness Quotes, by Sydney Smith

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Learn from the earliest days to insure your principles against the perils of ridicule; you can no more exercise your reason if you live in the constant dread of laughter, that you can enjoy your life if you are in the constant terror of death.

Laughter Quotes, by Sydney Smith

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

Calamity Quotes, by Sydney Smith

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Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.

Goals Quotes, by Sydney Smith

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He not only overflowed with learning, but stood in the slop.

Learning Quotes, by Sydney Smith

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Good friends are good for your health.

Friends / friendship Quotes, by Sydney Smith

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Feast of Vincent de Paul, Founder of the Congregation of the Mission (Lazarists), 1660 The greatest curse which can be entailed upon mankind is a state of war. All the atrocious crimes committed in years of peace -- all that is spent in peace by the secret corruptions or by the thoughtless extravagances of nations -- are mere trifles compared with the gigantic evils which stalk over the world in a state of war. God is forgotten in war -- every principle of Christian charity is trampled upon.

Christianity Quotes, by Sydney Smith

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