Talk:Sydney Smith

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  • Do not try to push your way through to the front ranks of your profession; do not run after distinctions and rewards; but do your utmost to find an entry into the world of beauty.
  • He not only overflowed with learning, he stood in the slop.
  • Heaven never helps the men who will not act.
  • I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so.
  • 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.
  • Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence.
  • Poverty is no disgrace to a man, but it is confoundedly inconvenient.
  • Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea?—how did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea.
  • That sign of old age, extolling the past at the expense of the present.
  • 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.
  • We know nothing of tomorrow; our business is to be good and happy today.
  • 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 would life be without arithmetic, but a scene of horrors?
  • What you don't know would make a great book.
  • [on being teased about talking to himself] I always address myself to the most intelligent

person present.