Oliver Goldsmith Quotes

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Born: November 10, 1730, Either Ballymahon, County Longford, Ireland or Elphin, County Roscommon, Ireland
Birth Country: Ireland
Died: London, England, April 4, 1774
Occupation: Author

1.
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

2.
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

3.
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

4.
Conscience is a coward, and those faults it has not strength enough to prevent it seldom has justice enough to accuse.
- Oliver Goldsmith

5.
Friendship is a disinterested commerce between equals love, an abject intercourse between tyrants and slaves.
- Oliver Goldsmith

6.
Hope is such a bait, it covers any hook.
- Oliver Goldsmith

7.
I chose my wife, as she did her wedding gown, for qualities that would wear well.
- Oliver Goldsmith

8.
I love everything that's old, - old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine.
- Oliver Goldsmith

9.
Let schoolmasters puzzle their brain, With grammar, and nonsense, and learning, Good liquor, I stoutly maintain, Gives genius a better discerning.
- Oliver Goldsmith

10.
Pity and friendship are two passions incompatible with each other.
- Oliver Goldsmith

11.
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

12.
Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall.
- Oliver Goldsmith

13.
The company of fools may first make us smile, but in the end we always feel melancholy.
- Oliver Goldsmith

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