Sydney Smith Quotes

A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage. Every day sends to their graves obscure men whose timidity prevented them from making a first effort.
He not only overflowed with learning, he stood in the slop.
Whatever you are by nature, keep to it never desert your line of talent. Be what nature intended you for and you will succeed.
Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence.
It is always right that a man should be able to render a reason for the faith that is within him.
It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little. Do what you can.
A great deal of talent is lost to the world for the want of a little courage.
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.
Live always in the best company when you read.
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.
You must not think me necessarily foolish because I am facetious, nor will I consider you necessarily wise because you are grave.
To do anything in this world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in, and scramble through as well as we can.
He had occasional flashes of silence, that made his conversation perfectly delightful.
Have the courage to be ignorant of a great number of things, in order to avoid the calamity of being ignorant of everything.
There is one piece of advice, in a life of study, which I think no one will object to and that is, every now and then to be completely idle - to do nothing at all.
Never try to reason the prejudice out of a man. It was not reasoned into him, and cannot be reasoned out.
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