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SYDNEY SMITH
English clergyman, wit and essayist
(1771 - 1845)
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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.
      - Lady Holland's Memoir (vol. I, p. 53)
        [Faith]

Avoid shame, but do not seek glory,--nothing so expensive as glory.
      - Lady Holland's Memoir (vol. I, p. 86)
        [Glory]

That knuckle-end of England--that land of Calvin, oat-cakes, and sulphur.
      - Lady Holland's Memoir (vol. II, p. 17)
        [Scotland]

It requires a surgical operation to get a joke well into a Scotch understanding.
      - Land Holland's Memoir (vol. I, p. 15)
        [Scotland]

Mankind are always happier for having been happier; so that if you make them happy now, you make them happy twenty years hence by the memory of it.
      - Lecture on Benevolent Affections
        [Happiness]

The most curious offspring of shame is shyness.
      - Lecture on the Evil Affections [Shame]

Surprise is so essential an ingredient of wit that no wit will bear repetition;--at least the original electrical feeling produced by any piece of wit can never be renewed.
      - Lectures of Moral Philosophy (no. 10)
        [Wit]

Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love, and to be loved, is the greatest happiness of existence.
      - Of Friendship--Lady Holland's Memoir
        [Friendship]

What a man that would be had be a particle of gall or the least knowledge of the value of red tape. As Curran said of Gratten, "he would have governed the world."
      - Of Sir John Mackintosh,
        Lady Holland's "Memoir", p. 245 (ed. 4)
        [Government]

Men who prefer any load of infamy, however great, to any pressure of taxation, however light.
      - On American Debts [Government : Taxation]

A life of knowledge is not often a life of injury and crime.
      - Pleasures of Knowledge [Knowledge]

Let onion atoms lurk within the bowl,
  And, half-suspected, animate the whole.
      - Recipe for Salad Dressing [Cookery]

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, flings himself back on 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.
      - Review of Seybert's Annals--United States
        [Government : Taxation]

One of the best methods of rendering study agreeable is to live with able men, and to suffer all those pangs of inferiority which the want of knowledge always inflicts.
      - Second Lecture on the Conduct of the Understanding
        [Study]

A wise man struggling with adversity is said by some heathen writer to be a spectacle on which the gods might look down with pleasure.
      - Sermon on the Duties of the Queen
        [Adversity]

We shall generally find that the triangular person has got into the square hole, the oblong into the triangular, and a square person has squeezed himself into the round hole.
      - Sketches of Moral Philosophy [Ability]

If you choose to represent the various parts in life by holes upon a table, of different shapes,--some circular, some triangular, some square, some oblong,--and the persons acting these parts by bits of wood of similar shapes, we shall generally find that the triangular person has got into the square hole, the oblong into the triangular, and a square person has squeezed himself into the round hole. The officer and the office, the doer and the thing done, seldom fit so exactly that we can say they were almost made for each other.
      - Sketches of Moral Philosophy (p. 309)
        [World]

The apostolic occupation of trafficking in fish.
      - Third Letter to Archdeacon Singleton
        [Fishing]

In the four quarters of the globe, who reads an American book? or goes to an American play? or looks at an American picture or statue?
      - Works--America (vol. II) [America]


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