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He has returned from Italy a greater bore than ever; he bores on architecture, painting, statuary and music.
- Sydney Smith | Bores and Boredom Quotes
He (Macaulay) has occasional flashes of silence that make his conversation perfectly delightful.
- Sydney Smith | Conversation Quotes
You never say a word of yourself, dear Lady Grey. You have that dreadful sin of anti-egotism.
- Sydney Smith | Conversation Quotes
Great men hallow a whole people, and lift up all who live in their time.
- Sydney Smith | Greatness Quotes
Oh, don't tell me of facts - I never believe in facts; you know Canning said nothing was so fallacious as facts, except figures.
- Sydney Smith | Liars and Lying Quotes
It is always considered a piece of impertinence in England if a man of less than two or three thousand a year has any opinions at all upon important subjects.
- Sydney Smith | Opinion Quotes
Politeness is good nature regulated by good sense.
Among the smaller duties in life, I hardly know any one more important than that of not praising when praise is not due.
Never try to reason the prejudice out of a man. It was not reasoned into him, and cannot be reasoned out.
Heat, madam! It was so dreadful that I found there was nothing for it but to take off my flesh and sit in my bones.
- Sydney Smith | Quips and Comments Quotes
He not only overflowed with learning, but stood in the slop.
I have gout, asthma, and seven other maladies, but am otherwise very well.
- Sydney Smith | Forgiveness Quotes
Take short views, hope for the best, and trust in God.
- Sydney Smith | One Day Quotes
When you rise in the morning, form a resolution to make the day a happy one for a fellow creature.
- Sydney Smith | One Day Quotes
That sign of old age, extolling the past at the expense of the present.
- Sydney Smith | The Past Quotes
We know nothing of tomorrow; our business is to be good and happy today.
- Sydney Smith | The Present Quotes
When you rise in the morning, form a resolution to make the day a happy one for a fellow creature.
- Sydney Smith | Mornings Quotes
Hope is the belief, more or less strong, that joy will come; desire is the wish it may come.
- Sydney Smith | Hope Quotes
I never believe facts; Canning said nothing was so fallacious as facts, except figures.
- Sydney Smith | Instincts Quotes
Men whose trade is rat-catching, love to catch rats; the bug destroyer seizes on his bug with delight; and the suppressor is gratified by finding his vice.
- Sydney Smith | Right Quotes
Never desert your own line of talent. Be what nature intended you for, and you will succeed.
- Sydney Smith | Right Quotes
Whatever you are by 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 thousand times worse than nothing.
- Sydney Smith | Right Quotes
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.
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.
- Sydney Smith | Getting Going Quotes
Whatever you are by 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 thousand times worse than nothing.
- Sydney Smith | Success Quotes
Never desert your own line of talent. Be what nature intended you for, and you will succeed.
- Sydney Smith | Work Quotes
Men whose trade is rat-catching love to catch rats; the bug destroyer seizes on his bug with delight; the suppressor is gratified by finding his vice.
- Sydney Smith | Work Quotes
Never give way to melancholy; resist it steadily, for the habit will encroach.
- Sydney Smith | Self-Pity Quotes
Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence.
- Sydney Smith | Friends Quotes
Madam, I have been looking for a person who disliked gravy all my life; let us swear eternal friendship.
- Sydney Smith | Friendship Quotes


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