Sydney Smith

(1771-1845 / Woodford, London)

Sydney Smith Quotes

  • ''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).
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  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''Madam, I have been looking for a person who disliked gravy all my life; let us swear eternal friendship.''
    Sydney Smith (1771-1845), British clergyman, writer. Quoted in Memoir, vol. 1, ch. 9, 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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''It 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 (1771-1845), British clergyman, writer. Quoted in The Smith of Smiths, ch. 11, Hesketh Pearson (1934).
  • ''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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