Oliver Goldsmith Quotes & Wallpapers

Oliver Goldsmith
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Fortune is ever seen accompanying industry. Oliver Goldsmith

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

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

This same philosophy is a good horse in the stable, but an arrant jade on a journey. Oliver Goldsmith

Cheerful at morn he wakes from short repose, Breathes the keen air, and carols as he goes. Oliver Goldsmith

All that the wisdom of the proud can teach is to be stubborn or sullen under misfortune. Oliver Goldsmith

To make a fine, gentleman, several trades are required, but chiefly a barber. Oliver Goldsmith

See me, how calm I am. Ay, people are generally calm at the misfortunes of others. Oliver Goldsmith

That dire disease, whose ruthless power Withers the beauty's transient flower. Oliver Goldsmith

The Republic of Letters is a very common expression among the Europeans. Oliver Goldsmith

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

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

Nor is there on earth a more powerful advocate for vice than poverty. Oliver Goldsmith

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

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

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

Both wit and understanding are trifles without integrity. Oliver Goldsmith

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

To be poor, and to seem poor, is a certain method never to rise. Oliver Goldsmith

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

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

The work of eradicating crimes is not by making punishment familiar, but formidable. Oliver Goldsmith

A silent address is the genuine eloquence of sincerity. Oliver Goldsmith

Let observation with observant view, Observe mankind from China to Peru. Oliver Goldsmith

Still to ourselves in every place consign'd Our own felicity to make or find. Oliver Goldsmith

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

Such dainties to them, their health it might hurt; It's like sending them ruffles, when wanting a shirt. Oliver Goldsmith

Remote, unfriended, melancholy, slow, Or by the lazy Scheldt, or wandering Po. Oliver Goldsmith

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

She was all of a muck of sweat. Oliver Goldsmith

We modest Gentlemen don't want for much success among the women. Oliver Goldsmith

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

Life is a journey that must be traveled no matter how bad the roads and accommodations. Oliver Goldsmith

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

The bashful virgin's sidelong looks of love. Oliver Goldsmith

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

A traveler of taste will notice that the wise are polite all over the world, but the fool only at home. Oliver Goldsmith

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

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

A night-cap deck'd his brows instead of bay,- A cap by night, a stocking all the day. Oliver Goldsmith

Truth from his lips prevailed with double sway, and fools, who came to scoff, remained to pray. Oliver Goldsmith

The man recovered of the bite, The dog it was that died. Oliver Goldsmith

A flattering painter, who made it his care To draw men as they ought to be, not as they are. Oliver Goldsmith

Unequal combinations are always disadvantageous to the weaker side. Oliver Goldsmith

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

Thus to relieve the wretched was his pride, And e'en his failings lean'd to virtue's side. Oliver Goldsmith

The king himself has follow'd her When she has walk'd before. Oliver Goldsmith

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

But in his duty prompt at every call, He watch'd and wept, he pray'd and felt for all. Oliver Goldsmith

For just experience tells, in every soil, That those who think must govern those that toil. Oliver Goldsmith

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

Wisdom makes but a slow defence against trouble, though at last a sure one. Oliver Goldsmith

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

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

It seemed to me pretty plain, that they had more of love than matrimony in them. 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

Well had the boding tremblers learned to trace the day's disasters in his morning face. Oliver Goldsmith

Wisdom makes a slow defense against trouble, though a sure one in the end. Oliver Goldsmith

So the loud torrent, and the whirlwind's roar, But bind him to his native mountains more. Oliver Goldsmith

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

An Englishman fears contempt more than death. Oliver Goldsmith

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

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

Religion does what philosophy could never do; it shows the equal dealings of Heaven to the happy and the unhappy, and levels all human enjoyments to nearly the same standard. It gives to both rich and poor the same happiness hereafter, and equal hopes to aspire after it. Oliver Goldsmith

Popular glory is a perfect coquette; her lovers must toil, feel every inquietude, indulge every caprice, and perhaps at last be jilted into the bargain. True glory, on the other hand, resembles a woman of sense; her admirers must play no tricks. They feel no great anxiety, for they are sure in the end of being rewarded in proportion to their merit. Oliver Goldsmith

Them that asks no questions isn't told a lie. Oliver Goldsmith

Elegy of the Death of a Mad Dog The dog, to gain some praivate ends, Went mad and bit the man. Oliver Goldsmith

If you don't ask me questions, I can't give you an untrue answer. Oliver Goldsmith

The life of a scholar seldom abounds with adventure. Oliver Goldsmith

Where'er I roam, whatever realms to see, My heart untravelled, 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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