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.
  • Poverty is no disgrace to a man, but it is confoundedly inconvenient.
  • 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.
  • Whatever you are by nature, keep to it; never desert your line of talent. Be what nature intended you for, and you will succeed.
  • [on being teased about talking to himself] I always address myself to the most intelligent person present.