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Oliver Goldsmith Quotes

An Irish writer, playwright, and physician.
(1730 - 1774)

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A book may be very amusing with numerous errors, or it may be very dull without a single absurdity.

A boy will learn more true wisdom in a public school in a year than by a private education in five. - It is not from masters, but from their equals that youth learn a knowledge of the world.

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.

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.

A map does not exhibit a more distinct view of the situation and boundaries of every country, than its news does a picture of the genius and morals of its inhabitants.

A mind too vigorous and active, serves only to consume the body to which it is joined, as the richest jewels are soonest found to wear their settings.

A modest woman, dressed out in all her finery, is the most tremendous object of the whole creation.

A poor man resembles a fiddler, whose music, though liked, is not much praised, because he lives by it; while a gentleman performer, though the most wretched scraper alive, throws the audience into rapture.

Above all things, never let your son touch a novel of romance. How delusive, how destructive are those pictures of consummate bliss! They teach the youthful to sigh after beauty and happiness that never existed; to despise the little good that fortune has mixed in our cup, by expecting more than she ever gave; and in general - take the word of a man who has seen the world, and studied it more by experience than by precept - take my word for it, I say, that such books teach us very little of the world.

Absence, like death, sets a seal on the image of those we love: we cannot realize the intervening changes which time may have effected.

Age that lessens the enjoyment of life, increases our desire of living.

All his faults are such that one loves him still the better for them.

All that a husband or wife really wants is to be pitied a little, praised a little, and appreciated a little.

Allured to brighter worlds and led the way.

An emperor in his night-cap would not meet with half the respect of an emperor with a crown.

And still they gazed, and still the wonder grew, That one small head should carry all it knew.

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.

Ask me no questions, and I'll tell you no fibs.

At church, with meek and unaffected grace, His looks adorn'd the venerable place; Truth from his lips prevailed with double sway, And fools, who came to scoff, remain'd to pray.

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

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