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Sydney Smith

Datum narození: 3. červen 1771
Datum úmrtí: 22. únor 1845

Sydney Smith byl britský anglikánský duchovní a literát.


„Nikdy nečtu předem knihu, kterou mám recenzovat, abych nebyl předpojatý.“

„Každý člověk ať pracuje, a pracuje v nejvyšším oboru, jehož přirozenost jeho schopna; potom umře s vědomím, že učinil, seč byl.“


„No furniture is so charming as books.“ A memoir of the Rev. Sydney Smith

„Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea! How did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea.“ A memoir of the Rev. Sydney Smith

„Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.“

„If you want to improve your understanding, drink coffee.“

„Madam, I have been looking for a person who disliked gravy all my life; let us swear eternal friendship.“

„The main question to a novel is -- did it amuse? were you surprised at dinner coming so soon? did you mistake eleven for ten? were you too late to dress? and did you sit up beyond the usual hour? If a novel produces these effects, it is good; if it does not -- story, language, love, scandal itself cannot save it. It is only meant to please; and it must do that or it does nothing.“ The Edinburgh Review, Or Critical Journal


„The fact is that in order to do anything in this world worth doing, we must not stand shivering on the bank thinking of the cold and the danger, but jump in and scramble through as well as we can.“ Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers: A Cyclopaedia of Quotations, from the Literature of All Ages

„we know nothing of tomorrow, our business is to be good and happy today“

„When you rise in the morning, form a resolution to make the day a happy one for a fellow creature.“

„A man who wishes to make his way in life could do no better than go through the world with a boiling tea-kettle in his hand.“ A memoir of the Rev. Sydney Smith


„People who love only once in their lives are shallow people. What they call their loyalty, and their fidelity, I call either the lethargy of custom, or their lack of imagination“

„No furniture is so charming as books, even if you never open them or read a single word.“

„I always fear that creation will expire before teatime.“ The Sayings of Sydney Smith

„If I were to begin life again, I would devote it to music. It is the only cheap and unpunished rapture upon earth.“

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