Quotes by Oliver Goldsmith

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Oliver Goldsmith (November 10, 1730(?) April 4, 1774) was an Irish writer and physician known for his novel The Vicar of Wakefield (1766), his pastoral poem The Deserted Village (1770) (written in memory of his brother), and his plays The Good-natur'd Man (1768) and She Stoops to Conquer (1773). more

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

To aim at excellence, our reputation, and friends, and all must be ventured; to aim at the average we run no risk and provide little service.
People seldom improve when they have no other model, but themselves to copy after.
But in his duty prompt at every call, he watched and wept, he prayed and felt for all.
Thou source of all my bliss and all my woe, that found me poor at first, and keep me so.
The doctor found, when she was dead, her last disorder mortal.
People seek within a short span of life to satisfy a thousand desires, each of which is insatiable.
Good counsel rejected returns to enrich the givers bosom.
The heart of every man lies open to the shafts of correction if the archer can take proper aim.
Every absurdity has a champion to defend it; for error is always talkative.
Honor sinks where commerce long prevails.
Unequal combinations are always disadvantageous to the weaker side.
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.
I have known a German Prince with more titles than subjects, and a Spanish nobleman with more names than shirts.
If one wishes to become rich they must appear rich.
The ambitious are forever followed by adulation for they receive the most pleasure from flattery.
I can't say whether we had more wit among us now than usual, but I am certain we had more laughing, which answered the end as well.
Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey, where wealth accumulates, and men decay.
Truth from his lips prevailed with double sway, and fools, who came to scoff, remained to pray.
Wisdom makes a slow defense against trouble, though a sure one in the end.
I... chose my wife as she did her wedding-gown, not for a fine glossy surface, but such qualities as would wear well.
Like the bee, we should make our industry our amusement.
The leaving a neighbourhood in which we had enjoyed so many hours of tranquility was not without a tear, which scarce fortitude itself could suppress.
Hospitality is one of the first Christian duties. The beast retires to its shelter, and the bird flies to its nest; but helpless man can only find refuge from his fellow creature. The greatest stranger in this world was he that came to save it. He never had an house, as if willing to see what hospitality was left remaining amongst us.

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