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To take Macaulay out of literature and society and put him in the House of Commons, is like taking the chief physician out of London during a pestilence.
—  Sydney Smith
No enjoyment, however inconsiderable, is confined to the present moment. A man is the happier for life from having made once an agreeable tour, or lived for any length of time with pleasant people, or enjoyed any considerable interval of innocent pleasure.
—  Sydney Smith
Never give way to melancholy; resist it steadily, for the habit will encroach.
—  Rev. 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
Whatever you are by 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 thousand times worse than nothing.
—  Sydney Smith
His enemies might have said before that he talked rather too much; but now he has occasional flashes of silence, that make his conversation perfectly delightful.
—  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
I have the most perfect confidence in your indiscretion.
—  Sydney Smith
You find people ready enough to do the Samaritan, without the oil and twopence.
—  Sydney Smith
Let every man be occupied, and occupied in the highest employment of which his nature is capable, and die with the consciousness that he has done his best.
—  Sydney Smith
I am convinced digestion is the great secret of life.
—  Rev. Sydney Smith
No furniture is as charming as books, even if you never open them.
—  Sydney Smith
My idea of heaven is eating pate de foie gras to the sound of trumpets.
—  Sydney Smith
My living in Yorkshire was so far out of the way, that it was actually twelve miles from a lemon.
—  Sydney Smith
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.
—  Sydney Smith
Ah, you flavour everything; you are the vanilla of society.
—  Sydney Smith
Life is a difficulty in the country, and it requires a good deal of forethought to steer the ship, when you are twelve miles from a lemon.
—  Sydney Smith
The schoolboy whips his taxed top; the beardless youth manages his taxed horse with a taxed bridle on a taxed road; and the dying Englishman, pouring his medicine, which has paid seven per cent, into a spoon that has paid fifteen per cent, flings himself back upon his chintz bed which has paid twenty-two per cent, and expires in the arms of an apothecary who has paid a license of a hundred pounds for the privilege of putting him to death.
—  Sydney Smith
He deserves to be preached to death by wild curates.
—  Sydney Smith
He has spent all his life in letting down empty buckets into empty wells; and he is frittering away his age in trying to draw them up again.
—  Sydney Smith
Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea! How did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea!
—  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
Madam, I have been looking for a person that dislikes gravy all my life; let us swear eternal friendship.
—  Sydney Smith
When you rise in the morning, form a resolution to make the day a happy one to a fellow creature.
—  Sydney Smith
Madam, I have been looking for a person who disliked gravy all my life; let us swear eternal friendship.
—  Sydney Smith
Men who prefer any load of infamy, however great, to any pressure of taxation, however light.
—  Sydney Smith
Not body enough to cover his mind decently with; his intellect is improperly exposed.
—  Sydney Smith
Daniel Webster struck me much like a steam-engine in trousers.
—  Sydney Smith
Poverty is no disgrace to a man, but it is confoundedly inconvenient.
—  Rev. Sydney Smith
Looked as if she had walked straight out of the ark.
—  Sydney Smith
I have no relish for the country; it is a kind of healthy grave.
—  Rev. Sydney Smith

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