1771 – 1845
Who was Sydney Smith?
- I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so.
- It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can do only a little. Do what you can.
- I have, alas, only one illusion left, and that is the Archbishop of Canterbury.
- Correspondences are like small clothes before the invention of suspenders; it is impossible to keep them up.
- A comfortable house is a great source of happiness. It ranks immediately after health and a good conscience.
- Find fault when you must find fault in private, and if possible sometime after the offense, rather than at the time.
- 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.
- To love and be loved is the great happiness of existence.
- Madam, I have been looking for a person who disliked gravy all my life; let us swear eternal friendship.
- 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.
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