Sydney Smith

A Curate-there is something which excites compassion in the very name of a Curate!!!

A sparrow fluttering about the church is an antagonist which the most profound theologian in Europe is wholly unable to overcome.

After buying into the Consols, I read Seneca " On the Contempt of Wealth." What intolerable nonsense!

Among the smaller duties of life, I hardly know any one more important than that of not praising where praise is not due.

As the French say, there are three sexes-men, women, and clergymen.

Bishop Berkeley destroyed this world in one volume octavo; and nothing remained, after his time, but mind; which experienced a similar fate from the hand of Mr Hume in 1739.

Contempt is commonly taken by the young for an evidence of understanding; but it is neither difficult to acquire, nor meritorious when acquired. To discover the imperfections of others is penetration; to hate them for their faults is contempt. We may be clearsighted without being malevolent, and make use of the errors we discover, to learn caution, not to gratify satire.

Daniel Webster struck me much like a steam-engine in trousers.

Death must be distinguished from dying, with which it is often confused.

Deserves to be preached to death by wild curates.

Die beste Waffe gegen ein schlechtes Argument besteht darin, es bekannt zu machen.

Die Ehe ist wie eine Schere: beide Teile sind so miteinander verbunden, daß man sie nicht trennen kann; sie streben oft in gegensätzlichen Richtungen, aber wer sich zwischen sie stellt, wird bestraft.

Die Liebe ist eine Illusion von Flügeln und eine Wirklichkeit von Ketten.

Die unvernünftigsten Argumente bekämpft man am besten dadurch, daß man sie überhört.

Digestion is the great secret of life.

Errors to be dangerous must have a great deal of truth mingled with them. It is only from this alliance that they can ever obtain an extensive circulation. From pure extravagance, and genuine, unmingled falsehood, the world never has, and never can sustain any mischief.

Gerechtigkeit ist angenehm, selbst wenn sie vernichtet.

He not only overflowed with learning, but stood in the slop.

He [Macaulay] has occasional flashes of silence, that make his conversation perfectly delightful.

He [Macaulay] is like a book in breeches.

How can a bishop marry? How can he flirt? The most he can say is, 'I will see you in the vestry after service.'

I am just going to pray for you at St Paul's, but with no very lively hope of success.

I have no relish for the country; it is a kind of healthy grave.

I have seen nobody since I saw you, but persons in orders. My only varieties are vicars, rectors, curates, and every now and then (by way of turbot) an archdeacon.

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