Sydney Smith Quotes

Sydney Smith

English essayist (1771 - 1845)

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

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

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I have no relish for the country; it is a kind of healthy grave.

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

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

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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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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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Live always in the best company when you read.

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

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

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

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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.

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