Friday, February 22, 2013

Followed by caviar and cymbals

English clergyman Sydney Smith died on this day in 1845. He once said:

"My idea of heaven is eating pate de foie gras to the sound of trumpets."

And also:

"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."

My favorite Sydney Smith quotation, having nothing to do with death or dying:

"I never read a book before previewing it; it prejudices a man so."