Quotations by Oliver Goldsmith

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Born: Friday, November 10, 1730
Died: Monday, April 4, 1774 (43 years old)
Profession: Poet
Nationality: Irish


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.
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Keywords: Anticipation, Calamity, Future, Lies, Past, Present, Regret)

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.
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Keywords: Home, Blind, Country, Curiosity, Man)

All that a husband or wife really wants is to be pitied a little, praised a little, and appreciated a little.
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Keywords: Wife, Husband)

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.
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Keywords: Knowledge, Desire, Writers)

Be not affronted at a joke. If one throw salt at thee, thou wilt receive no harm, unless thou art raw.
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Keywords: Art, Harm)

Ceremonies are different in every country, but true politeness is everywhere the same.
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Keywords: Country, Politeness)

Conscience is a coward, and those faults it has not strength enough to prevent it seldom has justice enough to accuse.
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Keywords: Strength, Conscience, Faults, Justice)

Could a man live by it, it were not unpleasant employment to be a poet.
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Keywords: Man)

Every absurdity has a champion to defend it.
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Keywords: Absurdity)

Friendship is a disinterested commerce between equals; love, an abject intercourse between tyrants and slaves.
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Keywords: Friendship, Love, Commerce)

Girls like to be played with, and rumpled a little too, sometimes.
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Keywords: Girls)

Honour sinks where commerce long prevails.
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Keywords: Commerce)

Hope is such a bait, it covers any hook.
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Keywords: Hope)

I chose my wife, as she did her wedding gown, for qualities that would wear well.
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Keywords: Wedding, Wife)

I love everything that's old, - old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine.
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Keywords: Love, Books, Friends, Manners, Old, Wine)

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.
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Keywords: Family, Man, Opinion, Population, Service)

If you were to make little fishes talk, they would talk like whales.
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Keywords: Talk)

Law grinds the poor, and rich men rule the law.
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Keywords: Men, Law, Poor)

Let schoolmasters puzzle their brain, With grammar, and nonsense, and learning, Good liquor, I stoutly maintain, Gives genius a better discerning.
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Keywords: Genius, Grammar, Learning, Liquor, Nonsense)

Life is a journey that must be traveled no matter how bad the roads and accommodations.
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Keywords: Life, Journey)

Man wants but little here below, nor wants that little long.
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Keywords: Man)

Modesty seldom resides in a breast that is not enriched with nobler virtues.
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Keywords: Modesty)

On the stage he was natural, simple, affecting, 'Twas only when he was off, he was acting.
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Keywords: Acting)

Our greatest glory consists not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall.
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Keywords: Time, Glory)

People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy.
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Keywords: People)

Pity and friendship are two passions incompatible with each other.
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Keywords: Friendship, Pity)

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!
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Keywords: Beauty, Happiness, Nature, Romance, Colors, Taste)

Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall.
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Keywords: Success, Time)

Surely the best way to meet the enemy is head on in the field and not wait till they plunder our very homes.
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Keywords: Enemy)

Tenderness is a virtue.
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Keywords: Virtue, Tenderness)

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

The company of fools may first make us smile, but in the end we always feel melancholy.
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Keywords: Company, End, First, Fools, May, Melancholy, Smile)

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

The jests of the rich are ever successful.
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Keywords: Successful)

There are some faults so nearly allied to excellence that we can scarce weed out the vice without eradicating the virtue.
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Keywords: Virtue, Excellence, Faults, Vice)

They say women and music should never be dated.
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Keywords: Music, Women)

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?
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Keywords: Art, Men, Charm, Folly, Guilt, Melancholy, Woman)

Where wealth accumulates, men decay.
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Keywords: Men, Wealth)

With disadvantages enough to bring him to humility, a Scotsman is one of the proudest things alive.
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Keywords: Humility)

Write how you want, the critic shall show the world you could have written better.
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Keywords: Want, World)

You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Keywords: Life)







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