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Oliver Goldsmith
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Fortune is ever seen accompanying industry. Oliver Goldsmith
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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. Oliver Goldsmith
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And as a bird each fond endearment tries To tempt its new-fledg'd offspring to the skies, He tried each art, reprov'd each dull delay, Allur'd to brighter worlds, and led the way. Oliver Goldsmith
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This same philosophy is a good horse in the stable, but an arrant jade on a journey. Oliver Goldsmith
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Cheerful at morn he wakes from short repose, Breathes the keen air, and carols as he goes. Oliver Goldsmith
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All that the wisdom of the proud can teach is to be stubborn or sullen under misfortune. Oliver Goldsmith
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To make a fine, gentleman, several trades are required, but chiefly a barber. Oliver Goldsmith
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See me, how calm I am. Ay, people are generally calm at the misfortunes of others. Oliver Goldsmith
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That dire disease, whose ruthless power Withers the beauty's transient flower. Oliver Goldsmith
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The Republic of Letters is a very common expression among the Europeans. Oliver Goldsmith
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Down where yon anch'ring vessel spreads the sail, That, idly waiting, flaps with every gale, Downward they move, a melancholy band, Pass from the shore and darken all the strand. Oliver Goldsmith
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As in some Irish houses, where things are so-so, One gammon of bacon hangs up for a show; But, for eating a rasher of what they take pride in, They'd as soon think of eating the pan it is fried in. Oliver Goldsmith
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Nor is there on earth a more powerful advocate for vice than poverty. Oliver Goldsmith
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O blest retirement! friend to life's decline - Retreats from care, that never must be mine How blest is he who crowns, in shades like these, A youth of labour with an age of ease! Oliver Goldsmith
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O friendship! thou fond soother of the human breast, to thee we fly in every calamity; to thee the wretched seek for succor; on thee the care-tired son of misery fondly relies; from thy kind assistance the unfortunate always hopes relief, and may be sure of - disappointment. Oliver Goldsmith
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Life is a journey that must be traveled no matter how bad the roads and accommodations. Oliver Goldsmith
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Both wit and understanding are trifles without integrity. The ignorant peasant without fault is greater than the philosopher with many. What is genius or courage without a heart? Oliver Goldsmith
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Both wit and understanding are trifles without integrity. Oliver Goldsmith
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I fancy the character of a poet is in every country the same,-fond of enjoying the present, careless of the future; his conversation that of a man of sense, his actions those of a fool. Oliver Goldsmith
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To be poor, and to seem poor, is a certain method never to rise. Oliver Goldsmith
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Whichever way we look the prospect is disagreeable. Behind, we have left pleasures we shall never enjoy, and therefore regret; and before, we see pleasures which we languish to possess, and are consequently uneasy till we possess them. Oliver Goldsmith
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Pity, though it may often relieve, is but, at best, a short-lived passion, and seldom affords distress more than transitory assistance; with some it scarce lasts from the first impulse till the hand can be put into the pocket. Oliver Goldsmith
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The work of eradicating crimes is not by making punishment familiar, but formidable. Oliver Goldsmith
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A silent address is the genuine eloquence of sincerity. Oliver Goldsmith
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Let observation with observant view, Observe mankind from China to Peru. Oliver Goldsmith
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Books are necessary to correct the vices of the polite; but those vices are ever changing, and the antidote should be changed accordingly should still be new. Oliver Goldsmith
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Still to ourselves in every place consign'd Our own felicity to make or find. Oliver Goldsmith
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Ill fares the land, to hast'ning ills 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
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Such dainties to them, their health it might hurt; It's like sending them ruffles, when wanting a shirt. Oliver Goldsmith
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Remote, unfriended, melancholy, slow, Or by the lazy Scheldt, or wandering Po. Oliver Goldsmith
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Where'er I roam, whatever realms I see, My heart untraveled fondly turns to thee; Still to my brother turns with ceaseless pain, And drags at each remove a lengthening chain. Oliver Goldsmith
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She was all of a muck of sweat. Oliver Goldsmith
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We modest Gentlemen don't want for much success among the women. Oliver Goldsmith
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The wretch condemn'd with life to part, Still, still on hope relies; And every pang that rends the heart Bids expectation rise. Oliver Goldsmith
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The bashful virgin's sidelong looks of love. Oliver Goldsmith
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If we look round the world, there seem to be not above six distinct varieties in the human species, each of which is strongly marked, and speaks the kind seldom to have mixed with any other. But there is nothing in the shape, nothing in the faculties, that shows their coming from different originals; and the varieties of climate, of nourishment, and custom, are sufficient to produce every change. Oliver Goldsmith
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A traveler of taste will notice that the wise are polite all over the world, but the fool only at home. Oliver Goldsmith
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The world is like a vast sea: mankind like a vessel sailing on its tempestuous bosom. ... [T]he sciences serve us for oars. Oliver Goldsmith
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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
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A night-cap deck'd his brows instead of bay,- A cap by night, a stocking all the day. Oliver Goldsmith
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Truth from his lips prevailed with double sway, and fools, who came to scoff, remained to pray. Oliver Goldsmith
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The man recovered of the bite, The dog it was that died. Oliver Goldsmith
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A flattering painter, who made it his care To draw men as they ought to be, not as they are. Oliver Goldsmith
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Unequal combinations are always disadvantageous to the weaker side. Oliver Goldsmith
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When we take a slight survey of the surface of our globe a thousand objects offer themselves which, though long known, yet still demand our curiosity. Oliver Goldsmith
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Thus to relieve the wretched was his pride, And e'en his failings lean'd to virtue's side. Oliver Goldsmith
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The king himself has follow'd her When she has walk'd before. Oliver Goldsmith
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And, as a bird each fond endearment tries To tempt its new-fledg'd offspring to the skies, He tried each art, reprov'd each dull delay, Allur'd to brighter worlds, and led the way. Oliver Goldsmith
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But in his duty prompt at every call, He watch'd and wept, he pray'd and felt for all. Oliver Goldsmith
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For just experience tells, in every soil, That those who think must govern those that toil. Oliver Goldsmith
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This is that eloquence the ancients represented as lightning, bearing down every opposer; this the power which has turned whole assemblies into astonishment, admiration and awe - that is described by the torrent, the flame, and every other instance of irresistible impetuosity. Oliver Goldsmith
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Wisdom makes but a slow defence against trouble, though at last a sure one. Oliver Goldsmith
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As some tall cliff that lifts its awful form, Swell from the vale, and midway leaves the storm, Though round its breast the rolling clouds are spread, Eternal sunshine settles on its head. Oliver Goldsmith
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In all my wanderings round this world of care, In all my griefs - and God has given my share - I still had hopes my latest hours to crown, Amidst these humble bowers to lay me down. Oliver Goldsmith
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You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips. Oliver Goldsmith
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The company of fools may first make us smile, but in the end we always feel melancholy. Oliver Goldsmith
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Law grinds the poor, and rich men rule the law. Oliver Goldsmith
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If you were to make little fishes talk, they would talk like whales. Oliver Goldsmith
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The first time I read an excellent book, it is to me just as if I had gained a new friend. When I read a book over I have perused before, it resembles the meeting with an old one. Oliver Goldsmith
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I find you want me to furnish you with argument and intellects too. No, sir, these, I protest you, are too hard for me. Oliver Goldsmith
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In a polite age almost every person becomes a reader, and receives more instruction from the Press than the Pulpit. Oliver Goldsmith
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It seemed to me pretty plain, that they had more of love than matrimony in them. Oliver Goldsmith
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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
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Well had the boding tremblers learned to trace the day's disasters in his morning face. Oliver Goldsmith
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Wisdom makes a slow defense against trouble, though a sure one in the end. Oliver Goldsmith
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So the loud torrent, and the whirlwind's roar, But bind him to his native mountains more. Oliver Goldsmith
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Is it that Nature, attentive to the preservation of mankind, increases our wishes to live, while she lessens our enjoyments, and as she robs the senses of every pleasure, equips imag-ination in the spoil? Oliver Goldsmith
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An Englishman fears contempt more than death. Oliver Goldsmith
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Every acknowledgment of gratitude is a circumstance of humiliation; and some are found to submit to frequent mortifications of this kind, proclaiming what obligations they owe, merely because they think it in some measure cancels the debt. Oliver Goldsmith
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Filial obedience is the first and greatest requisite of a state; by this we become good subjects to our emperors, capable of behaving with just subordination to our superiors, and grateful dependents on heaven; by this we become fonder of marriage, in order to be capable of exacting obedience from others in our turn; by this we become good magistrates, for early submission is the truest lesson to those who would learn to rule. By this the whole state may be said to resemble one family. Oliver Goldsmith
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