Oliver Goldsmith - Quotes

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Life is a journey that must be traveled no matter how bad the roads and accommodations. ---->>>

I love everything that's old, - old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine.

I love everything that's old, - old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine.

You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips. ---->>>

The company of fools may first make us smile, but in the end we always feel melancholy.

The company of fools may first make us smile, but in the end we always feel melancholy.

Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall. ---->>>

All that a husband or wife really wants is to be pitied a little, praised a little, and appreciated a little.

All that a husband or wife really wants is to be pitied a little, praised a little, and appreciated a little.

Ceremonies are different in every country, but true politeness is everywhere the same. ---->>>

Every absurdity has a champion to defend it. ---->>>

Law grinds the poor, and rich men rule the law. ---->>>

A man who leaves home to mend himself and others is a philosopher; but he who goes from country to country, guided by the blind impulse of curiosity, is a vagabond.

A man who leaves home to mend himself and others is a philosopher; but he who goes from country to country, guided by the blind impulse of curiosity, is a vagabond.

A great source of calamity lies in regret and anticipation; therefore a person is wise who thinks of the present alone, regardless of the past or future.

A great source of calamity lies in regret and anticipation; therefore a person is wise who thinks of the present alone, regardless of the past or future.

Hope is such a bait, it covers any hook.

Hope is such a bait, it covers any hook.

Pity and friendship are two passions incompatible with each other. ---->>>

When lovely woman stoops to folly, and finds too late that men betray, what charm can soothe her melancholy, what art can wash her guilt away? ---->>>

Conscience is a coward, and those faults it has not strength enough to prevent it seldom has justice enough to accuse.

Conscience is a coward, and those faults it has not strength enough to prevent it seldom has justice enough to accuse.

Where wealth accumulates, men decay. ---->>>

Romance and novel paint beauty in colors more charming than nature, and describe a happiness that humans never taste. How deceptive and destructive are those pictures of consummate bliss!

Romance and novel paint beauty in colors more charming than nature, and describe a happiness that humans never taste. How deceptive and destructive are those pictures of consummate bliss!

Let schoolmasters puzzle their brain, With grammar, and nonsense, and learning, Good liquor, I stoutly maintain, Gives genius a better discerning. ---->>>

The best way to make your audience laugh is to start laughing yourself.

The best way to make your audience laugh is to start laughing yourself.

People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy. ---->>>

Girls like to be played with, and rumpled a little too, sometimes. ---->>>

If you were to make little fishes talk, they would talk like whales. ---->>>

They say women and music should never be dated. ---->>>

Surely the best way to meet the enemy is head on in the field and not wait till they plunder our very homes. ---->>>

Honour sinks where commerce long prevails. ---->>>

Modesty seldom resides in a breast that is not enriched with nobler virtues. ---->>>

Friendship is a disinterested commerce between equals; love, an abject intercourse between tyrants and slaves. ---->>>

I chose my wife, as she did her wedding gown, for qualities that would wear well.

I chose my wife, as she did her wedding gown, for qualities that would wear well.

With disadvantages enough to bring him to humility, a Scotsman is one of the proudest things alive. ---->>>

Tenderness is a virtue. ---->>>

The hours we pass with happy prospects in view are more pleasing than those crowded with fruition. ---->>>

Write how you want, the critic shall show the world you could have written better. ---->>>

Could a man live by it, it were not unpleasant employment to be a poet. ---->>>

I was ever of the opinion, that the honest man who married and brought up a large family, did more service than he who continued single, and only talked of population. ---->>>

As writers become more numerous, it is natural for readers to become more indolent; whence must necessarily arise a desire of attaining knowledge with the greatest possible ease. ---->>>

There are some faults so nearly allied to excellence that we can scarce weed out the vice without eradicating the virtue. ---->>>

The jests of the rich are ever successful. ---->>>

Be not affronted at a joke. If one throw salt at thee, thou wilt receive no harm, unless thou art raw. ---->>>

Man wants but little here below, nor wants that little long. ---->>>

On the stage he was natural, simple, affecting, 'Twas only when he was off, he was acting. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: Irish
Born: November 10, 1730
Birthplace:
Die: April 4, 1774
Occupation: Poet
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Oliver Goldsmith (10 November 1728 – 4 April 1774) was an Irish novelist, playwright and poet, who is best known for his novel The Vicar of Wakefield (1766), his pastoral poem The Deserted Village (1770), and his plays The Good-Natur'd Man (1768) and She Stoops to Conquer (1771, first performed in 1773) (wikipedia)