Mankind are always happy for having been happy; so that, if you make them happy now, you make them happy twenty years hence by the memory of it
Quote by Sydney Smith
Great men hallow a whole people, and lift up all who live in their time.
It is natural to every man to wish for distinction, and the praise of those...
That sign of old age, extolling the past at the expense of the present.
The schoolboy whips his taxed top; the beardless youth manages his taxed horse with a...
Have the courage to be ignorant of a great number of things, in order to...
I have, alas, only one illusion left, and that is the Archbishop of Canterbury.
What a pity it is that we have no amusements in England but vice and...
Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is...
Don't tell me of facts, I never believe facts; you know Canning said nothing was...
What would life be without arithmetic, but a scene of horrors?
Solitude cherishes great virtues and destroys little ones.
Manners are like the shadows of virtues, they are the momentary display of those qualities...
In composing, as a general rule, run your pen through every other word you have...
Live always in the best company when you read.
Whatever you are from nature, keep to it; never desert your own line of talent....
I never read a book before previewing it; it prejudices a man so.
Heaven never helps the men who will not act.
No man can ever end with being superior who will not begin with being inferior.
What you don't know would make a great book.
A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little...