English wit, writer, Anglican cleric (1771-1845)
Sydney Smith was an English wit, writer, and Anglican cleric.
Sydney Smith Quotes
Do not try to push your way through to the front ranks of your profession do not run after distinctions and rewards but do your utmost to find an entry into the world of beauty.
A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage. Every day sends to their graves obscure men whose timidity prevented them from making a first effort.
Have the courage to be ignorant of a great number of things, in order to avoid the calamity of being ignorant of everything.
Madam, I have been looking for a person who disliked gravy all my life let us swear eternal friendship.
Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence.
A comfortable house is a great source of happiness. It ranks immediately after health and a good conscience.
Marriage resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they cannot be separated often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing anyone who comes between them.
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.
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.
It is always right that a man should be able to render a reason for the faith that is within him.