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 :: 1728-1774, Anglo-Irish Author, Poet, Playwright

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I love everything that's old: old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wines; and, I believe, Dorothy, you'll own I have been pretty fond of an old wife.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Taste]

 

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Well had the boding tremblers learned to trace the day's disasters in his morning face.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Teachers and Teaching]

 

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Tenderness is a virtue.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Tenderness]

 

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Those that think must govern those that toil.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Thoughts and Thinking]

 

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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 - [Travel and Tourism]

 

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Life is a journey that must be traveled no matter how bad the roads and accommodations.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Travel and Tourism]

 

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It seemed to me pretty plain, that they had more of love than matrimony in them.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Passion]

 

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Persecution is a tribute the great must always pay for preeminence.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Persecution]

 

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There is nothing so absurd or ridiculous that has not at some time been said by some philosopher. Fontenelle says he would undertake to persuade the whole public of readers to believe that the sun was neither the cause of light or heat, if he could only get six philosophers on his side.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Philosophers and Philosophy]

 

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Pity and friendship are two passions incompatible with each other.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Pity]

 

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Our pleasures are short, and can only charm at intervals; love is a method of protraction our greatest pleasure.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Pleasure]

 

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He cast off his friends as a huntsman his pack, for he knew when he pleased he could whistle them back.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Popularity]

 

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The mind is ever ingenious in making its own distress.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Psychology]

 

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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 - [Regret]

 

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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.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Retirement]

 

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The jests of the rich are ever successful.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Riches]

 

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Ridicule has always been the enemy of enthusiasm, and the only worthy opponent to ridicule is success.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Ridicule]

 

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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 - [Romance and Romanticism]

 

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She who makes her husband and her children happy, who reclaims the one from vice, and trains up the other to virtue, is a much greater character than the ladies described in romance, whose whole occupation is to murder mankind with shafts from their quiver or their eyes.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Romance and Romanticism]

 

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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 - [Seduction]

 

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