Sydney Smith Quotes

If I were to begin life again, I would devote it to music. It is the only cheap and unpunished rapture upon earth.

Sydney Smith

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

Sydney Smith

How can a bishop marry? How can he flirt? The most he can say is, I will see you in the vestry after service.

Sydney Smith

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

Sydney Smith

Poverty is no disgrace to a man, but it is confoundedly inconvenient.
– Sydney Smith

Sydney Smith

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

Sydney Smith

Heat, ma’am! it was so dreadful here, that I found there was nothing left for it but to take off my flesh and sit in my bones.

Sydney Smith

He had occasional flashes of silence that made his conversation perfectly delightful.

Sydney Smith

Never try to reason the prejudice out of a man. It was not reasoned into him, and cannot be reasoned out.

Sydney Smith

What would life be without arithmetic but a scene of horrors?

Sydney Smith

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

Sydney Smith

We cultivate literature on a little oat meal.

Sydney Smith

Politeness is good nature regulated by good sense.

Sydney Smith

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

Sydney Smith

Hope is the belief, more or less strong, that joy will come; desire is the wish it may come.

Sydney Smith

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