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

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And still they gazed, and still the wonder grew, that one small head could carry all he knew.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Intelligence and Intellectuals]

 

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The best way to make your audience laugh is to start laughing yourself.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Laughter]

 

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The loud laugh that spoke the vacant mind.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Laughter]

 

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The malicious sneer is improperly called laughter.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Laughter]

 

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Law grinds the poor, and rich men rule the law.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Law and Lawyers]

 

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The English laws punish vice; the Chinese laws do more, they reward virtue.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Law and Lawyers]

 

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Life at the greatest and best is but a froward child, that must be humored and coaxed a little till it falls asleep, and then all the care is over.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Life and Living]

 

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The life of man is a journey; a journey that must be traveled, however bad the roads or the accommodation.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Life and Living]

 

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Who can direct when all pretend to know?
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Management]

 

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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 - [Manners]

 

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Ceremonies are different in every country, but true politeness is everywhere the same.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Manners]

 

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You, that are going to be married, think things can never be done too fast: but we that are old, and know what we are about, must elope methodically, madam.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Marriage]

 

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Our chief comforts often produce our greatest anxieties, and the increase in our possessions is but an inlet to new disquietudes.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Materialism]

 

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Vain, very vain is my search to find; that happiness which only centers in the mind.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Mind]

 

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Modesty seldom resides in a breast that is not enriched with nobler virtues.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Modesty]

 

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Take a dollar from a thousand and it will be a thousand no more.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Money]

 

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Don't let us make imaginary evils, when you know we have so many real ones to encounter.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Morality]

 

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With disadvantages enough to bring him to humility, a Scotsman is one of the proudest things alive.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Nationalities and Nationalism]

 

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Some faults are so closely allied to qualities that it is difficult to weed out the vice without eradicating the virtue.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Faults]

 

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There are some faults so nearly allied to excellence that we can scarce weed out the vice without eradicating the virtue.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Faults]

 

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