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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

       

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