A Memoir of The Reverend Sydney Smith

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385. oldal - Or dairy, each rural sight, each rural sound; If chance, with nymph-like step, fair virgin pass What pleasing seem'd, for her now pleases more; She most, and in her look sums all delight...
23. oldal - ... if you could be alarmed into the semblance of modesty, you would charm everybody ; but remember my joke against you about the moon ; — " D — n the solar system ! bad light — planets too distant — pestered with comets — feeble contrivance ; — could make a better with great ease.
400. oldal - It is a bore, I admit, to be past seventy, for you are left for execution, and are daily expecting the death-warrant; but, as you say, it is not anything very capital we quit. We are, at the close of life, only hurried away from stomach-aches, pains in the joints, from sleepless nights and unamusing days, from weakness, ugliness, and nervous tremors; but we shall all meet again in another planet, cured of all our defects. will be less irritable; more silent; will assent; Jeffrey will speak slower;...
132. oldal - I endeavour in vain to give them more cheerful ideas of religion ; to teach them that God is not a jealous, childish, merciless tyrant; that he is best served by a regular tenour of good actions, — not by bad singing, ill-composed prayers, and eternal apprehensions. But the luxury of false religion is, to be unhappy!
11. oldal - ... philosophical enterprise ; but when I speak in dispraise of this article, I only contrast it with what you have done better; for, in spite of its errors (if any such there be), it would make the fortune of anybody else. I certainly, my dear Jeffrey, in conjunction with the Knight of the Shaggy Eyebrows,* do protest against your increasing and unprofitable scepticism. I exhort you to restrain the violent tendency of your nature for analysis, and to cultivate synthetical propensities. What is virtue?...
383. oldal - What a very singular disease gout is! It seems as if the stomach fell down into the feet. The smallest deviation from right diet is immediately punished by limping and lameness, and the innocent ankle and blameless instep are tortured for the vices of the nobler organs.
386. oldal - ... each man in the meantime imagining himself a Galileo. Mrs. Sydney has eight distinct illnesses, and I have nine. We take something every hour, and pass the mixture from one to the other. About forty years ago, I stopped an infant in Lord Breadalbane's grounds, and patted his face. The nurse said, " Hold up your head, Lord Glenorchy.
38. oldal - My lot is now fixed and my heritage fixed, — most probably. But you may choose to make me a bishop, and if you do, I think I shall never do you discredit ; for I believe it is out of the power of lawn and velvet, and the crisp hair of dead men fashioned into a wig, to make me a dishonest man...
217. oldal - Heaven" overtake all the Legitimates of Verona ! but, in the present state of rent and taxes, they must be left to the vengeance of Heaven. I allow fighting in such a cause to be a luxury ; but the business of a prudent, sensible man, is to guard against luxury. I shall hope to be in town in the course of the season, and that I shall find your health re-established, and your fortune unimpaired by the depredations of Lady Ponsonby at piquette. To that excellent lady do me the favour to present my...
31. oldal - This was very sensible and very honourable to him, nor had he the slightest feeling of affront on the subject, but, on the contrary, of great gratitude to his benefactor, whose name I did not mention, as the money was not received ; I therefore cancel your draft, and will call upon you, if he calls upon me. This, I presume, meets your approbation. I had a great deal of conversation with him, and he is a much more sensible man than I had any idea of. I have received this morning a very kind letter...

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