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Sydney Smith Quotes

(1771-1845), British Writer, Clergyman

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

Category: Action

It is a bore, I admit, to be past seventy, for you are left for execution, and are daily expecting the death-warrant; but it is not anything very capital we quit. We are, at the close of life, only hurried away from stomach-aches, pains in the joints, from sleepless nights and unamusing days, from weakness, ugliness, and nervous tremors; but we shall all meet again in another planet, cured of all our defects.

Category: Age And Aging

No furniture is so charming as books.

Category: Books And Reading

Live always in the best company when you read.

Category: Books And Reading

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

Category: Churches

I have, alas, only one illusion left, and that is the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Category: Churches

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

Category: Compatibility

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

Category: Conversation

Find fault when you must find fault in private, and if possible sometime after the offense, rather than at the time.

Category: Correction

A great deal of talent is lost in the world for want of courage.

Category: Courage

I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so.

Category: Critics And Criticism

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

Category: Facts

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

Category: Faith

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

Category: Friends And Friendship

Avoid shame but do not seek glory --nothing so expensive as glory.

Category: Glory