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    It is no more necessary that a man should remember the different dinners and suppers which have made him healthy, than the different books which have made him wise. Let us see the results of good food in a strong body, and the results of great reading in a full and powerful mind.
    — Sydney Smith
    tags: men  food  powerful  body  strong  healthy  wise  mind  reading  book 
     
    In composing, as a general rule, run your pen through every other word you have written; you have no idea what vigor it will give your style.
    — Sydney Smith
    tags: rules  ideas 
     
    Some men have only one book in them, others a library.
    — Sydney Smith
    tags: men  book  library 
     
    No furniture is so charming as books.
    — Sydney Smith
    tags: book 
     
    Heat, ma am! It was so dreadful here that I found there was nothing left for it but to take off my flesh and sit in my bones.
    — Sydney Smith
    If you want to improve your understanding, drink coffee.
    — Sydney Smith
    The thing about performance, even if it's only an illusion, is that it is a celebration of the fact that we do contain within ourselves infinite possibilities.
    — Sydney Smith
    I always fear that creation will expire before teatime.
    — Sydney Smith
    tags: fear  creation 
     
    Politeness is good nature regulated by good sense.
    — Sydney Smith
    tags: nature 
     
    People who love only once in their lives are shallow people. What they call their loyalty, and their fidelity, I call either the lethargy of custom, or their lack of imagination
    — Sydney Smith
    The two women exchanged the type of glance women use when there is no knife handy.
    — Sydney Smith
    tags: women 
     
    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.
    — Sydney Smith
    tags: marriage 
     
    Resolve to make at least one person happy every day, and then in ten years you may have made three thousand, six hundred and fifty persons happy, or brightened a small town by your contribution to the fund of general enjoyment.
    — Sydney Smith
    tags: people  year 
     
    If I were to begin life again, I would devote it to music. It is the only cheap and unpunished rapture upon earth.
    — Sydney Smith
    tags: earth  music 
     
    He who drinks a tumbler of London water has literally in his stomach more animated beings than there are men, women, and children on the face of the globe.
    — Sydney Smith
    tags: children  men  women  child  water 
     
    Never try to reason the prejudice out of a man. It was not reasoned into him, and cannot be reasoned out.
    — Sydney Smith
    tags: men  prejudice 
     
    A comfortable house is a great source of happiness. It ranks immediately after health and a good conscience.
    — Sydney Smith
    we know nothing of tomorrow, our business is to be good and happy today
    — Sydney Smith
    tags: business  tomorrow 
     
    A man who wishes to make his way in life could do no better than go through the world with a boiling tea-kettle in his hand.
    — Sydney Smith
    tags: men  world  wishes 
     
    Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea! How did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea.
    — Sydney Smith
    tags: world  god 
     
    Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence.
    — Sydney Smith
    The main question to a novel is - did it amuse? were you surprised at dinner coming so soon? did you mistake eleven for ten? were you too late to dress? and did you sit up beyond the usual hour? If a novel produces these effects, it is good; if it does not - story, language, love, scandal itself cannot save it. It is only meant to please; and it must do that or it does nothing.
    — Sydney Smith
    Whatever you are by nature, keep to it; never desert your line of talent. Be what nature intended you for, and you will succeed.
    — Sydney Smith
    tags: nature  talent 
     
    Let the Dean and Canons lay their heads together and the thing will be done.
    — Sydney Smith
    Manners are the shadows of virtues; the momentary display of those qualities which our fellow creatures love, and respect.
    — Sydney Smith
    tags: respect  quality 
     
    Scotland: That garret of the earth - that knuckle-end of England - that land of Calvin, oatcakes, and sulfur.
    — Sydney Smith
    tags: earth  england 
     
    He not only overflowed with learning, but stood in the slop.
    — Sydney Smith
    tags: learning 
     
    You find people ready enough to do the Samaritan, without the oil and twopence.
    — Sydney Smith
    tags: people 
     
    Hope is the belief, more or less strong, that joy will come.
    — Sydney Smith
    tags: belief  joy  strong  hope 
     
    No man can ever end with being superior who will not begin with being inferior.
    — Sydney Smith
    tags: men 
     
    What would life be without arithmetic, but a scene of horrors?
    — Sydney Smith
    Human beings cling to their delicious tyrannies and to their exquisite nonsense, till death stares them in the face.
    — Sydney Smith
    tags: death  human 
     
    [T]he 47th proposition in Euclid might now be voted down with as much ease as any proposition in politics; and therefore if Lord Hawkesbury hates the abstract truths of science as much as he hates concrete truth in human affairs, now is his time for getting rid of the multiplication table, and passing a vote of censure upon the pretensions of the hypotenuse.
    — Sydney Smith
    tags: time  truth  hate  human 
     
    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.
    — Sydney Smith
    tags: beauty  world 
     
    The longer I live, the more I am convinced that the apothecary is of more importance than Seneca; and that half the unhappiness in the world proceeds from little stoppages; from a duct choked up, from food pressing in the wrong place, from a vexed duodenum, or an agitated pylorus.
    — Sydney Smith
    tags: live  world  food  wrong 
     
    I look upon Switzerland as an inferior sort of Scotland.
    — Sydney Smith
    Find fault, when you must find fault, in private, if possible; and some time after the offense, rather than at the time.
    — Sydney Smith
    tags: time 
     
    Errors, to be dangerous, must have a great deal of truth mingled with them. It is only from this alliance that they can ever obtain an extensive circulation.
    — Sydney Smith
    tags: truth  dangerous 
     
    How can a bishop marry? How can he flirt? The most he can say is "I will see you in the vestry after service."
    — Sydney Smith
    Solitude cherishes great virtues and destroys little ones.
    — Sydney Smith
    tags: solitude  virtue 
     
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