Sydney Smith Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old sydney smith quotes, sydney smith sayings, and sydney smith proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Marriage resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they cannot be separated; often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing any one who comes between them.     

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A comfortable house is a great source of happiness. It ranks immediately after health and a good conscience.     

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Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.     

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If you wish to keep the mind clear and the body healthy, abstain from all fermented liquors.     

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We know nothing of tomorrow; our business is to be good and happy today.     

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

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We know nothing of tomorrow; our business is to be good and happy today.     

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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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Let every man be occupied, and occupied in the highest employment of which his nature is capable, and die with the consciousness that he has done his best.     

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Manners are like the shadows of virtues, they are the momentary display of those qualities which our fellow creatures love and respect.     

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

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We know nothing of tomorrow; our business is to be good and happy today.     

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Brevity in writing is what charity is to all other virtues - righteousness is nothing without the one, nor authorship without the other.     

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It is all nonsense about not being able to work without ale, and gin, and cider, and fermented liquors. Do lions and cart-horses drink ale?     

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Mankind are always happier for having been happy; so that if you make them happy now, you make them happy twenty years hence by the memory of it.     

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A comfortable house is a great source of happiness. It ranks immediately after health and a good conscience.     

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

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Poverty is no disgrace to a man, but it is confoundedly inconvenient.     

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No furniture is so charming as books.     

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Human beings cling to their delicious tyrannies and to their exquisite nonsense, till death stares them in the face.     

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