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Sydney Smith Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated Jul 2021
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Preachers And Preaching
Whatever you are by nature, keep to it; never desert your line of talent. Be what nature intended you for, and you will succeed.
What you don't know would make a great book.
What would life be without arithmetic, but a scene of horrors?
What a pity it is that we have no amusements in England but vice and religion!
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.
To business that we love we rise bedtime, and go to't with delight.
The thing about performance, even if it's only an illusion, is that it is a celebration of the fact that we do contain within ourselves infinite possibilities.
The object of preaching is to constantly remind mankind of what they keep forgetting; not to supply the intellect, but to fortify the feebleness of human resolutions.
Preachers And Preaching quotes
Solitude cherishes great virtues and destroys little ones.
Science is his forte, and omniscience his foible.
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.
Never talk for half a minute without pausing and giving others a chance to join in.
Never give way to melancholy; resist it steadily, for the habit will encroach.
Manners are like the shadows of virtues, they are the momentary display of those qualities which our fellow creatures love and respect.
Live always in the best company when you read.
Let the Dean and Canons lay their heads together and the thing will be done.
It resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they cannot be separated, often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing anyone who comes between them.
It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little - do what you can.
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.
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