I am having a difficult week – some hours in hospital trying to locate a blood clot which may, in fact, not exist. So self indulgently I have gone straight for those attractive little quotes – which tend to be amusing and, often indirectly, wise. I have chosen the Anglican minister Sydney Smith as the author; early 19th century.
However three of the quotes are written not by Smith but by me. Can you spot them?
Perhaps readers will have other examples for us to enjoy.
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I never could find any man who could think for two minutes together.
(Macaulay) is like a book in breeches.
(Macaulay) has occasional flashes of silence, that make his conversation perfectly delightful.
My definition of marriage — it resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they cannot be separated; often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing anyone who comes in between them.
I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so.
The great spectacle of human happiness.
It is a place with only one post a day…In the country I always fear that creation will expire before teatime.
Minorities – are almost always in the right.
Poverty is no disgrace to a man, but it is confoundedly inconvenient.
I am convinced that digestion is the great secret of life.
One of the greatest pleasures of life is conversation.
How can a bishop marry? How can he flirt? The most he can say is, “I will see you in the vestry after service.”
A Curate—there is something which excites compassion in the very name of a Curate!
Those who change their minds change their friends.
I have no relish for the country, it is a kind of healthy grave.
I am going to pray for you at St Pauls, but with no very lively hope of success.
No furniture as charming as books.
The religious mind exchanges thought for Holy Writ.
I require a special operation to get a joke well into a Scotch understanding. Their only idea of wit is laughing immoderately at stated intervals.
I look upon Switzerland as an inferior sort of Scotland.
What a pity it is that we have no amusements in England but vice and religion.