Sydney Smith was another visitor to Lansdowne House. He was a minister, with a lively sense of fun that had everyone rolling in London, as well as in the church aisles.
His quotes from http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/s/sydney_smith.html are amusing, and speak for themselves:
A comfortable house is a great source of happiness. It ranks immediately after health and a good conscience.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.Among the smaller duties of life I hardly know any one more important than that of not praising where praise is not due.As the French say, there are three sexes – men, women, and clergymen.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…
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