Oliver Goldsmith

Oliver Goldsmith (November 10, 1730 - April 4, 1774) was an Irish writer, playwright, and physician.
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She who makes her husband and her children happy, who reclaims the one from vice, and trains up the other to virtue, is a much greater character than the ladies described in romance, whose whole occupation is to murder mankind with shafts from their quiver or their eyes.

Oliver Goldsmith

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

Oliver Goldsmith

If frugality were established in the state, and if our expenses were laid out to meet needs rather than superfluities of life, there might be fewer wants, and even fewer pleasures, but infinitely more happiness.

Oliver Goldsmith

Subtlety may deceive you; integrity never will.

Oliver Goldsmith

He cast off his friends as a huntsman his pack, for he knew when he pleased he could whistle them back.

Oliver Goldsmith

The greatest object in the universe, says a certain philosopher, is a good man struggling with adversity; yet there is still a greater, which is the good man who comes to relieve it.

Oliver Goldsmith

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

Honor sinks where commerce long prevails.

Oliver Goldsmith

Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey, where wealth accumulates, and men decay.

Oliver Goldsmith

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

Oliver Goldsmith

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

Oliver Goldsmith

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

Oliver Goldsmith

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

Oliver Goldsmith

Hope is such a bait, it covers any hook.

Oliver Goldsmith

The jests of the rich are ever successful.

Oliver Goldsmith

Don't let us make imaginary evils, when you know we have so many real ones to encounter.

Oliver Goldsmith

Ill fares the land, to hast'ning ill a prey, Where wealth accumulates, and men decay; Princes and Lords may flourish, or may fade: A breath can make them, as a breath has made; but a bold peasantry, their country's pride, When once destroyed can never be supplied.

Oliver Goldsmith

Pity and friendship are two passions incompatible with each other.

Oliver Goldsmith

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

Oliver Goldsmith

Every absurdity has a champion to defend it.

Oliver Goldsmith

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

Oliver Goldsmith

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

Oliver Goldsmith

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

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

Oliver Goldsmith

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.

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