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Sydney Smith

1897 - 1959

Essayist, author, educator, Dean of Law at Dalhousie University, president of the University of Manitoba and then president of the University of Toronto


There is only one principle of public conduct. Do what you think right, and take place and power as an accident. Upon every other plan, office is shabbiness, labour and sorrow.

Change within a university encounters all the difficulties of moving a cemetery; universities do not act precipitously.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
A bigot delights in public ridicule, for he begins to think he is a martyr.