Top Ten Best Sydney Smith Quotes & Written Works

Sydney Smith was an English clergyman, critic, & philosopher.

The Top Ten

Have the courage to be ignorant of a great number of things, in order to avoid the calamity of being ignorant of every thing.
..truth is..most men want knowledge,not for itself..for..superiority which knowledge confers..means they employ to secure this superiority,are as wrong as..ultimate object,for no man can ever end with being superior,who will not begin with being inferior.
Every day sends to their graves a number of obscure men who have only remained obscure because their timidity has prevented them from making a first effort.
The object of preaching is, constantly to remind mankind of what mankind are constantly forgetting; not to supply the defects of human intelligence, but to fortify the feebleness of human resolutions.
It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little.
Great men hallow a whole people and lift up all who live in their time.
Marriage resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they can not be separated; often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing anyone who comes between them.
When I hear any man talk of an unalterable law, the only effect it produces upon me is to convince me that he is an unalterable fool.
Among the smaller duties of life I hardly know any one more important than that of not praising where praise is not due.
Correspondences are like small clothes before the invention of suspenders; it is impossible to keep them up.
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