Quote of the day–Reverend Sydney Smith

When a man is a fool, in England we only trust him with the immortal concerns of human beings.


Reverend Sydney Smith
From the book I Wish I’d Said That! by Nick Harris which gives more background:



In the good/bad old days, a man’s eldest son inherited his estate, another son went into the army — and the dunce went into the Church.


[Perhaps that should now be “When a main is a fool, in the U.S. we only trust him with writing editorials.”


I’m reminded of this because of this dunce who says, “This writer grew up on a farm, enjoying hunting for ducks, geese and pheasants, and in adulthood, shot deer while a pastor in Spearfish.” I don’t intend to tar all pastors and it appears this guy is no longer a pastor anyway. Perhaps he had trouble with comprehension of the Bible as well as the Second Amendment and D.C. v. Heller.


More available from Jeff, Robb, Say Uncle, and Sebastian.–Joe]

1 thought on “Quote of the day–Reverend Sydney Smith

  1. I’d revise that quote, myself:
    When a man is a fool, in the US only trust him with elected office.

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