Sydney Smith
Quotations


What two ideas are more inseparable than beer and Britannia?

Correspondences are like smallclothes before the invention of suspenders; it is impossible to keep them up.

I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so.

Avoid shame but do not seek glory--nothing so expensive as glory.

A comfortable house is a great source of happiness. It ranks immediately after health and a good conscience.

Among the smaller duties of life I hardly know any one more important than that of not praising where praise is not due.

A nation grown free in a single day is a child born with the limbs and the vigour of a man, who would take a drawn sword for his rattle, and set the house in a blaze that he might chuckle over the splendour.

It is safest to be moderately base--to be flexible in shame, and to be always ready for what is generous, good and just, when anything is to be gained by virtue.



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