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All Quotes by author - Sydney Smith
" 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 want of a little courage. Every day sends to their graves obscure men whose timidity prevented them from making a first effort. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Great men hallow a whole people, and lift up all who live in their time. "
" Have the courage to be ignorant of a great number of things, in order to avoid the calamity of being ignorant of everything. "
" Heaven never helps the men who will not act. "
" I have, alas, only one illusion left, and that is the Archbishop of Canterbury. "
" I look upon Switzerland as an inferior sort of Scotland. "
" 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. "
" I never read a book before previewing it; it prejudices a man so. "
" 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. "
" It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do 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. "
" Let the Dean and Canons lay their heads together and the thing will be done. "
" Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence. "
" Live always in the best company when you read. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Never give way to melancholy; resist it steadily, for the habit will encroach. "
" Never talk for half a minute without pausing and giving others a chance to join in. "
" No man can ever end with being superior who will not begin with being inferior. "
" Poverty is no disgrace to a man, but it is confoundedly inconvenient. "
" Science is his forte, and omniscience his foible. "
" Solitude cherishes great virtues and destroys little ones. "
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