Sydney Smith Quotes

Ah, you flavor everything; you are the vanilla of society.

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.

Marriage resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they cannot be separated; often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing any one who comes between them.

That sign of old age, extolling the past at the expense of the present.

It is natural to every man to wish for distinction, and the praise of those who can confer honor by their praise, in spite of all false philosophy, is sweet to every human heart; but as eminence can be but the lot of a few, patience of obscurity is a duty which we owe not […]

Never try to reason the predjudice out of a man. It wasn’t reasoned into him, and cannot be reasoned out.

Be what nature intended you for, and you will succeed; be anything else and you will be ten thousand times worse than nothing.

If I were to begin life again, I would devote it to music. It is the only cheap and unpunished rapture upon earth.

No man can ever end with being superior who will not begin with being inferior.

Have the courage to be ignorant of a great number of things, in order to avoid the calamity of being ignorant of everything.