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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

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Sydney Smith. (1771–1845) (continued)
    As the French say, there are three sexes,—men, women, and clergymen. 1
          Lady Holland’s Memoir. Vol. i. p. 262.
    To take Macaulay out of literature and society and put him in the House of Commons, is like taking the chief physician out of London during a pestilence.
          Lady Holland’s Memoir. Vol. i. p. 265.
    Daniel Webster struck me much like a steam-engine in trousers.
          Lady Holland’s Memoir. Vol. i. p. 267.
    “Heat, ma’am!” I said; “it was so dreadful here, that I found there was nothing left for it but to take off my flesh and sit in my bones.”
          Lady Holland’s Memoir. Vol. i. p. 267.
    Macaulay is like a book in breeches…. He has occasional flashes of silence, that make his conversation perfectly delightful.
          Lady Holland’s Memoir. Vol. i. p. 363.
    Serenely full, the epicure would say,
Fate cannot harm me,—I have dined to-day. 2
          Recipe for Salad. p. 374.
    Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea?—how did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea.
          Recipe for Salad. p. 383.
    If you choose to represent the various parts in life by holes upon a table, of different shapes,—some circular, some triangular, some square, some oblong,—and the persons acting these parts by bits of wood of similar shapes, we shall generally find that the triangular person has got into the square hole, the oblong into the triangular, and a square person has squeezed himself into the round hole. The officer and the office, the doer and the thing done, seldom fit so exactly that we can say they were almost made for each other. 3
          Sketches of Moral Philosophy.
Note 1.
Lord Wharncliffe says, “The well-known sentence, almost a proverb, that ‘this world consists of men, women, and Herveys,’ was originally Lady Montagu’s.”—Montagu Letters, vol. i. p. 64. [back]
Note 2.
See Dryden, Quotation 65. [back]
Note 3.
The right man to fill the right place.—Layard: Speech, Jan. 15, 1855. [back]