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Sydney Smith
English wit, writer, Anglican cleric (1771-1845)

Sydney Smith was an English wit, writer, and Anglican cleric.
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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.
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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.
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He deserves to be preached to death by wild curates.
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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.
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Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea! How did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea!


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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.
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Madam, I have been looking for a person that dislikes gravy all my life; let us swear eternal friendship.
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When you rise in the morning, form a resolution to make the day a happy one to a fellow creature.
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Madam, I have been looking for a person who disliked gravy all my life; let us swear eternal friendship.
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Men who prefer any load of infamy, however great, to any pressure of taxation, however light.

           

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