Be what nature intended you for, and you will succeed; be anything else and you will be ten thousand times worse than nothing
Quote by Sydney Smith
Among the smaller duties of life I hardly know any one more important than that...
Correspondences are like small clothes before the invention of suspenders; it is impossible to keep...
What you don't know would make a great book.
It is safest to be moderately base - to be flexible in shame, and to...
It resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they cannot be separated, often moving...
Don't tell me of facts, I never believe facts; you know Canning said nothing was...
As the French say, there are three sexes - men, women, and clergymen.
Poverty us no disgrace to a man, but it is confoundedly inconvenient.
No man can ever end with being superior who will not begin with being inferior.
Manners are like the shadows of virtues, they are the momentary display of those qualities...
I have, alas, only one illusion left, and that is the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Never talk for half a minute without pausing and giving others a chance to join...
It is natural to every man to wish for distinction, and the praise of those...
I never read a book before previewing it; it prejudices a man so.
My living in Yorkshire was so far out of the way, that it was eleven...
Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is...
I have the most perfect confidence in your indiscretion
What would life be without arithmetic, but a scene of horrors?
Never give way to melancholy; resist it steadily, for the habit will encroach.
Let the Dean and Canons lay their heads together and the thing will be done.