Sydney Smith

Sydney Smith (June 3, 1771 - February 22, 1845), was an English writer and clergyman.
Found 33 thoughts of Sydney Smith

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

Sydney Smith

Whatever you are by nature, keep to it; never desert your line of talent. Be what nature intended you for, and you will succeed.

Sydney Smith

Marriage resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they cannot be separated, often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing anyone who comes in between them.

Sydney Smith

Correspondences are like small clothes before the invention of suspenders; it is impossible to keep them up.

Sydney Smith

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

Sydney Smith

It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little. Do what you can.

Sydney Smith

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

Sydney Smith

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.

Sydney Smith

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

Never talk for half a minute without pausing and giving others a chance to join in.

Sydney Smith

Madam, I have been looking for a person who disliked gravy all my life; let us swear eternal friendship.

Sydney Smith

Let the Dean and Canons lay their heads together and the thing will be done.

Sydney Smith

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

Sydney Smith

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

Sydney Smith

No man can ever end with being superior who will not begin with being inferior.

Sydney Smith

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.

Sydney Smith

Great men hallow a whole people, and lift up all who live in their time.

Sydney Smith

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.

Sydney Smith

Live always in the best company when you read.

Sydney Smith

Manners are like the shadows of virtues, they are the momentary display of those qualities which our fellow creatures love and respect.

Sydney Smith

What you don't know would make a great book.

Sydney Smith

Among the smaller duties of life I hardly know any one more important than that of not praising where praise is not due.

Sydney Smith

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.

Sydney Smith

Science is his forte, and omniscience his foible.

Sydney Smith

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.

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