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."
"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."