113 Total Quotes

Sydney Smith Quotes

A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage. Every day sends to their graves obscure men whose timidity prevented them from making a first effort.
Sydney Smith
#Action #English Clergyman

A comfortable house is a great source of happiness. It ranks immediately after health and a good conscience.
Sydney Smith
#Conscience #English Clergyman

To do anything in this world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in, and scramble through as well as we can.
Sydney Smith
#Action #English Clergyman

Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.
Sydney Smith
#American Journalist

An ounce of wit is worth a pound of argument
Sydney Smith
#Humorous

Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence.
Sydney Smith
#English Clergyman

Find fault when you must find fault in private, and if possible sometime after the offense, rather than at the time.
Sydney Smith
#English Clergyman

Man could direct his ways by plain reason, and support his life by tasteless food, but God has given us wit, and flavor, and brightness, and laughter to enliven the days of man's pilgrimage, and to charm his pained steps over the burning marble
Sydney Smith
#Food

The dearest things in the world are our neighbor's eyes; they cost everybody more than anything else in housekeeping
Sydney Smith
#Eyes

I have the most perfect confidence in your indiscretion
Sydney Smith
#Confidence

Married couples resemble a pair of scissors, often moving in opposite directions, yet punishing anyone who gets in between them.
Sydney Smith
#Marriage #Couples

Marriage resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they cannot be separated, often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing anyone who comes in between them.
Sydney Smith
#Marriage #English Clergyman

Don't tell me of facts, I never believe facts; you know Canning said nothing was so fallacious as facts, except figures
Sydney Smith
#Believe

That sign of old age, extolling the past at the expense of the present
Sydney Smith
#Age And Aging

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
#English Clergyman

What would life be without arithmetic, but a scene of horrors?
Sydney Smith
#Life #English Clergyman

Be what nature intended you for, and you will succeed; be anything else and you will be ten thousand times worse than nothing
Sydney Smith
#Nature #Quote of the Day #Motivational

Poverty is no disgrace to a man, but it is confoundedly inconvenient
Sydney Smith
#Man

Avoid shame, but do not seek glory, nothing is so expensive as glory
Sydney Smith
#Glory

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, into a spoon that has paid fifteen per cent, flings him
Sydney Smith
#Youth

I never read a book before reviewing it - it prejudices a man so
Sydney Smith
#Man

Never give way to melancholy; resist it steadily, for the habit will encroach.
Sydney Smith
#English Clergyman