Sydney Smith

(1771-1845 / Woodford, London)

Sydney Smith Quotes

  • ''I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so.''
    Sydney Smith (1771-1845), British clergyman, writer. Quoted in The Smith of Smiths, ch. 3, Hesketh Pearson (1934).
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  • ''What two ideas are more inseparable than beer and Britannia?''
    Sydney Smith (1771-1845), British clergyman, writer. Quoted in The Smith of Smiths, ch. 11, Hesketh Pearson (1934).
  • ''Among the smaller duties of life I hardly know any one more important than that of not praising where praise is not due.''
    Sydney Smith (1771-1845), British clergyman, writer. Sketches of Moral Philosophy, lecture 9 (1850).
  • ''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).
  • ''The moment the very name of Ireland is mentioned, the English seem to bid adieu to common feeling, common prudence, and common sense, and to act with the barbarity of tyrants, and the fatuity of idiots.''
    Sydney Smith (1771-1845), British clergyman, writer. The Letters of Peter Plymley, no. 2 (1807).
  • ''A Curate there is something which excites compassion in the very name of a curate!!!''
    Sydney Smith (1771-1845), British clergyman, writer. Essay first published in Edinburgh Review (1822). The Letters of Peter Plymley, "Persecuting Bishops," (1929).

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