Oliver Goldsmith Quotes

90 Oliver Goldsmith quotes:

"Aromatic plants bestow no spicy fragrance while they grow; but crush'd or trodden to the ground, diffuse their balmy sweets around."
"The greatest object in the universe, says a certain philosopher, is a good man struggling with adversity; yet there is a still greater, which is the good man that comes to relieve it"
"Pity and friendship are two passions incompatible with each other."
"Life has been compared to a race, but the allusion improves by observing, that the most swift are usually the least manageable and the most likely to stray from the course. Great abilities have always been less serviceable to the possessors than moderate ones."
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"I chose my wife, as she did her wedding gown, for qualities that would wear well."
"And in that town a dog was found, As many dogs there be, Both mongrel, puppy, whelp, and hound, And curs of low degree"
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"The doctor found, when she was dead, her last disorder mortal."
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"But in his duty prompt at every call, he watched and wept, he prayed and felt for all."
Author: Goldsmith Quotes Category: Duty Quotes
"For just experience tells, in every soil, That those who think must govern those who toil"
"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."
"Crime generally punishes itself."
"Surely the best way to meet the enemy is head on in the field and not wait till they plunder our very homes."
"Honor sinks where commerce long prevails."
"Ridicule has always been the enemy of enthusiasm, and the only worthy opponent to ridicule is success."
Author: Goldsmith Quotes Category: Enthusiasm Quotes Ridicule Quotes
"Subtlety may deceive you; integrity never will."
Author: Goldsmith Quotes Category: Ethics Quotes English Soldier Quotes
"I find you want me to furnish you with argument and intellects too."
Author: Goldsmith Quotes Category: Argument Quotes
"Unequal combinations are always disadvantageous to the weaker side."
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"Of all kinds of ambition, that which pursues poetical fame is the wildest"
Author: Goldsmith Quotes Category: Fame Quotes
"We had no revolutions to fear, nor fatigues to undergo; all our adventures were by the fireside, and all our migrations from the blue bed to the brown."
"Every absurdity has a champion to defend it; for error is always talkative."

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