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Sydney Smith
(1771-1845) born on
Jun 06
English clergyman, essayist. He was a leading preacher of his day who championed Catholic emancipation in "Letters of Peter Plymley," 1807.
         
   
F
Have the courage to be ignorant of a great number of things, in order to avoid the calamity of being ignorant of everything.

R
He not only overflowed with learning, but stood in the slop.
A
Oh, don't tell me of facts -- I never believe facts: you know Canning said nothing was so fallacious as facts, except figures.
N
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 to your style.
K
I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: In "Instant Quotation Dictionary," by Donald O. Bolander, 1979.
R: In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.
A: In "Memoir," vol. 1, "Recipe for Salad" by Lady Holland, 1855.
N: In "Quotations of Wit and Wisdom," ed. & John W. Garder et al., 1975.
K: In "The Smith of Smiths," ch. 3, by Hesketh Pearson, 1934.
   


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