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Sydney Smith Quotes and Sayings

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

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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.
- Sydney Smith

No man can ever end with being superior who will not
begin with being inferior.
- Sydney Smith

The object of preaching is to constantly remind mankind
of what they keep forgetting;
not to supply the intellect,
but to fortify the feebleness of human resolutions.
- Sydney Smith

 

Great men hallow a whole people, and lift up all who live in their time.
- Sydney Smith

The thing about performance, even if it's only an illusion,
is that it is a celebration of the fact that we do
contain within ourselves infinite possibilities.
- Sydney Smith

I look upon Switzerland as an inferior sort of Scotland.
- Sydney Smith

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Live always in the best company when you read.
- Sydney Smith

To business that we love we rise bedtime,
and go to't with delight.
- Sydney Smith

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 1737.
- Sydney Smith

What would life be without arithmetic,
but a scene of horrors?
- Sydney Smith

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

Correspondences are like small clothes before the invention of suspenders;
it is impossible to keep them up.
- Sydney Smith

I have, alas, only one illusion left,
and that is the Archbishop of Canterbury.
- Sydney Smith

Life is to be fortified by many friendships.
To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence.
- Sydney Smith

Never give way to melancholy; resist it steadily,
for the habit will encroach.
- Sydney Smith

What you don't know would make a great book.
- Sydney Smith

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

Poverty us no disgrace to a man, but it is confoundedly inconvenient.
- Sydney Smith

It is safest to be moderately base -
to be flexible in shame,
and to be always ready for what is generous,
good, and just, when anything is to be gained by virtue.
- Sydney Smith

It resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they cannot be separated,
often moving in opposite directions,
yet always punishing anyone who comes between them.
- Sydney Smith

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

Heaven never helps the men who will not act.
- Sydney Smith

Find fault when you must find fault in private,
and if possible sometime after the offense,
rather than at the time.
- Sydney Smith

Do not try to push your way through to the front ranks of your profession;
do not run after distinctions and rewards;
but do your utmost to find an entry into the world of beauty.
- Sydney Smith

Solitude cherishes great virtues and destroys little ones.
- Sydney Smith

I never read a book before previewing it;
it prejudices a man so.
- Sydney Smith

Have the courage to be ignorant of a great number of things,
in order to avoid the calamity of being ignorant of everything.
- Sydney Smith

What a pity it is that we have no amusements in England but vice and religion!
- Sydney Smith

Never talk for half a minute without pausing and giving
others a chance to join in.
- Sydney Smith

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.
- Sydney Smith

In composing, as a general rule, run your pen through
every other word you have written;
you have no idea what vigor it will give your style.
- Sydney Smith

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.
- Sydney Smith

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.
- Sydney Smith

Whatever you are by nature, keep to it;
never desert your line of talent.
Be what nature intended you for, and you will succeed.
- Sydney Smith

Science is his forte, and omniscience his foible.
- Sydney Smith

Let the Dean and Canons lay their heads together and the thing will be done.
- Sydney Smith

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

Our loved ones -
whether by blood, by marriage, or by choice -
are delicate treasures.
If we hold them too close, they break -
as a butterfly would.
By honoring and enjoying
the freedom of our loved ones,
we gain our own freedom.
Have the courage to trust that
the beautiful butterflies of your life
will return - or not - as life intends.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

This day I will marry my friend,
the one I laugh with, live for, dream with, love.
- Anonymous

Marriage, ultimately, is the practice of
becoming passionate friends.
- Harville Hendrix

When you make the sacrifice in marriage,
you're sacrificing not to each other
but to unity in a relationship.
- Joseph Campbell

For a happy marriage,
love and accept your spouse just the way they are.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The hardest of all, is learning to be
a well of affection, and not a fountain,
to show them that we love them,
not when we feel like it, but when they do.
- Nan Fairbrother

The fewer secrets you have, the happier you will be.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Don't marry the person you think you can live with;
marry only the individual you think you can't live without.
- James C. Dobson

Gift the love of your life with undistracted,
untelevisioned, unhurried attentiveness.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Every good relationship, especially marriage, is based on respect.
If it's not based on respect,
nothing that appears to be good will last very long.
- Amy Grant

You are my home - the place to which I always return.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A dream you dream alone is only a dream.
A dream you dream together becomes reality.
- John Lennon

A divorce is like an amputation:
you survive it, but there's less of you.
- Margaret Atwood

My Loved One
You are my ground and you are my rainbow.
You are my butterfly and you are my ecstasy.
You are the start of my journeys and always my destination.
You are my home - the place to which I always return.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I love being married.
It's so great to find that one special person
you want to annoy for the rest of your life.
- Rita Rudner

Consider being more acceptive of your partner's behaviors.
It is unlikely that they are intentionally aggravating you.
Almost always, they are just doing what they think they should do.
Try setting aside your own rules for how they should behave,
and adopt a live-and-let-live attitude.
Your relationship will become stronger and happier if you do.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The formula for achieving a successful relationship is simple:
you should treat all disasters as if they were trivialities
but never treat a triviality as if it were a disaster.
- Quentin Crisp

There is no substitute for the comfort supplied
by the utterly taken-for-granted relationship.
- Iris Murdoch

Love allows your beloved the freedom to be unlike you.
Attachment asks for conformity to your needs and desires.
Love imposes no demands.
Attachment expresses an overwhelming demand - "Make me feel whole."
Love expands beyond the limits of two people.
Attachment tries to exclude everything but two people.
- Deepak Chopra in The Path to Love

Why does a woman work ten years to change a man's habits
and then complain that he's not the man she married?
- Barbra Streisand

I used to tell my husband that,
if he could make me "understand" something,
it would be clear to all the other people in the country.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Make sure you never, never argue at night.
You just lose a good night's sleep,
and you can't settle anything until morning anyway.
- Rose Kennedy

You can learn how to let go of the past.
Whether you have experienced a break up
with someone you cared for deeply,
whether death has taken a loved one,
whether you have had a feud with a friend or family member,
whether you have lost a job.
Move on and let go.
Life can be joyful and rewarding again.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Marriage, n: the state or condition of a community consisting of a master,
a mistress, and two slaves, making in all,
two.
- Ambrose Bierce

Marriage: A word which should be pronounced "mirage".
- Herbert Spencer

Love is often the fruit of marriage.
- Moliere

My husband melted my heart the day he asked me,
"Can I participate in your wonder?"
In whose wonder do you get to participate today?
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The four most important words in any marriage...
"I'll do the dishes."
- Anonymous

Marriage is a fine institution -
but I'm not ready for an institution yet.
- Mae West

Whoever, fleeing marriage and the sorrows that women cause,
does not wish to wed comes to a deadly old age.
- Hesiod

Marriage is a wonderful institution,
but who would want to live in an institution?
- H. L. Mencken

Marriage, for a woman at least, hampers the two things
that made life to me glorious -
friendship and learning.
- Jane Harrison

The greatest roadblock to a great relationship
is trying to force a partner to change through bribes or threats.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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