Quotations From SYDNEY SMITH


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  • My idea of heaven is eating paté de foie gras to the sound of trumpets.
    Sydney Smith (1771-1845), British clergyman, writer. Quoted in The Smith of Smiths, ch. 10, Hesketh Pearson (1934).

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  • 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.
    Sydney Smith (1771-1845), British writer, clergyman. "The Catholic Question," Essays (1877).
  • I look upon Switzerland as an inferior sort of Scotland.
    Sydney Smith (1771-1845), British clergyman, writer. Letter to Lord Holland, 1815. Quoted in Memoir, vol. 2, Lady Holland (1855).
  • I have, alas, only one illusion left, and that is the Archbishop of Canterbury.
    Sydney Smith (1771-1845), British clergyman, writer. Quoted in Memoir, vol. 1, ch. 9, Lady Holland (1855).
  • 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 (1771-1845), British clergyman, writer. Quoted in Memoir, vol. 1, ch. 9, Lady Holland (1855).
  • Oh, don't tell me of facts—I never believe facts: you know Canning said nothing was so fallacious as facts, except figures.
    Sydney Smith (1771-1845), British writer, clergyman. Quoted in "Recipe for Salad," vol. 1, Lady Holland, Memoir (1855).

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  • 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 (1771-1845), British clergyman, writer. Quoted in Memoir, vol. 1, ch. 9, Lady Holland (1855).
  • Avoid shame but do not seek glory—nothing so expensive as glory.
    Sydney Smith (1771-1845), British clergyman, writer. Quoted in Memoir, vol. 1, ch. 4, Lady Holland (1855).
  • Great men hallow a whole people, and lift up all who live in their time.
    Sydney Smith (1771-1845), British clergyman, writer. Quoted in Memoir, vol. 1, ch. 7, Lady Holland (1855).

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  • 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 (1771-1845), British clergyman, writer. Quoted in Memoir, vol. 1, ch. 9, Lady Holland (1855).
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