Sydney Smith


English Clergyman and Essayist

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Magnificent spectacle of human happiness.

No one minds what Jeffrey says… it is not more than a week ago that I heard him speak disrespectfully of the equator.

She was excellent at a slop or a puddle, but she should not have meddled with a tempest.

The man who talks of an unalterable law is probably an unalterable fool.

To business that we love we rise bedtime, and go to't with delight.

When I hear any man talk of an unalterable law, the only effect it produces on me is to convince me that he is an unalterable fool.

Man could direct his ways by plain reason, and support his life by tasteless food, but God has given us wit, and flavor, and brightness, and laughter to enliven the days of man's pilgrimage, and to charm his pained steps over the burning marble

Not body enough to cover his mind decently with; his intellect is improperly exposed.

Soup and fish explain half the emotions in life.

The most curious offspring of shame is shyness.

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.

When you rise in the morning, form a resolution to make the day a happy one for a fellow creature.

Mankind are always happy for having been happy; so that, if you make them happy now, you make them happy twenty years hence by the memory of it

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

Speaking of justice: Truth is its handmaid, freedom is its child, peace is its companion, safety walks in its steps, victory follows in its train; it is the brightest emanation from the Gospel; it is the attribute of God.

The object of preaching, is constantly to remind mankind of what they are constantly forgetting; not to supply the defects of human intelligence, but to fortify the feebleness of human resolutions; to recall mankind from the bypaths where they turn into that broad path of salvation which all know, but few tread.

To love and be loved is the great happiness of existence.

You may find people ready enough to do the Samaritan without the oil and two-pence.

Manners are the shadows of virtues; the momentary display of those qualities which our fellow creatures love and respect. If we strive to become, then, what we strive to appear, manners may often be rendered useful guides to the performance of our duties.

Oh, don't tell me of facts -- I never believe facts: you know Canning said nothing was so fallacious as facts, except figures.

Take short views, hope for the best, and trust in God.

The observances of the church concerning feasts and fasts are tolerably well-kept, since the rich keep the feasts and the poor keep the fasts.

To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness.

You must not think me necessarily foolish because I am facetious, nor will I consider you necessarily wise because you are grave.

Married couples resemble a pair of scissors, often moving in opposite directions, yet punishing anyone who gets in between them.

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English Clergyman and Essayist