Lady Saba Holland

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Saba, Lady Holland (née Smith; 1802–1866) was the eldest daughter of Sydney Smith and the second wife of Sir Henry Holland, a prominent physician and travel writer, with whom she had two daughters. She made a name for herself as the author of a much-read memoir of her famous father.[1][a]

Some of Smith's often-quoted sayings were first recorded in Lady Holland's memoir, including:

Why, you never expected justice from a company, did you? They have neither a soul to lose, nor a body to kick.[2]


Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea? How did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea. I can drink any quantity when I have not tasted wine.; otherwise I am haunted by blue devils by day, and dragons by night.[3]

Her daughters were Caroline Holland (1834–1909; author of Notebooks of a Spinster Lady, published posthumously in 1919[b]) and Gertrude Holland (1840–1898).



  1. ^ Hart, John Seely (1872). A Manual of English Literature: A Text Book for Schools and Colleges. Philadelphia, PA: Eldredge & Brother. p. 458. Retrieved 2014-08-04.
  2. ^ James M. Anderson; Ivan Waggoner (9 December 2014). The Changing Role of Criminal Law in Controlling Corporate Behavior. Rand Corporation. pp. 1–. ISBN 978-0-8330-8786-7.
  3. ^ Paul Chrystal (15 October 2014). Tea: A Very British Beverage. Amberley Publishing Limited. pp. 45–. ISBN 978-1-4456-3360-2.