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126 Famous Quotes by Oliver Goldsmith
11/10/1730 - 4/4/1774
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Surely the best way to meet the enemy is head on in the field and not wait till they plunder our very homes.

Sports Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith

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Man seems the only growth that dwindles here.

Growth Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: The Traveller (l. 126)

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Trade's proud empire hastes to swift decay.

Business Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: The Deserted Village, lines actually added to Goldsmith's work by Samuel Johnson

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I find you want me to furnish you with argument and intellects too. No, sir, these, I protest you, are too hard for me.

Argument Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: Vicar of Wakefield (ch. VII)

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How blest is he who crowns in shades like these, A youth of labour with an age of ease.

Labor Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: The Deserted Village (l. 99)

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O Luxury! thou curst by Heaven's decree.

Luxury Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: The Deserted Village (l. 385)

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

Admiration Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: Elegy on Mrs. Mary Blaise

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

Appearance Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith

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There is no arguing with him, for if his pistol misses fire, he knocks you down with the butt end of it.

Negativity Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith

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A kind and gentle heart he had, To comfort friends and foes; The naked every day he clad When he put on his clothes.

Philanthropy Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: Elegy on the Death of a Mad Dog

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It's like sending them ruffles, when wanting a shirt.

Apparel Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: The Haunch of Venison

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Round its breast the rolling clouds are spread, Eternal sunshine settles on its head.

Mountains Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: The Deserted Village (l. 192)

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Zeal is very blind, or badly regulated, when it encroaches upon the rights of others

Zeal Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith

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As ten millions of circles can never make a square, so the united voice of myriads cannot lend the smallest foundation to falsehood.

Lying Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: Vicar of Wakefield (vol. II, ch. VIII)

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Handsome is that handsome does.

Appearance Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: Vicar of Wakefield (ch. I), also see Henry Fielding

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Remembrance wakes with all her busy train, Swells at my breast, and turns the past to pain.

Memory Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: The Deserted Village (l. 81)

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Full well they laughed, with counterfeited glee, At all his jokes, for many a joke had he: Full well the busy whisper, circling round, Convey'd the dismal tidings when he frown'd.

Teaching Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: The Deserted Village (l. 201)

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Hoards after hoards his rising raptures fill; Yet still he sighs, for hoards are wanting still.

Misers Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: The Traveller

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At night returning, every labour sped, He sits him down, the monarch of a shed; Smiles by his cheerful fire, and round surveys His children's looks, that brighten at the blaze; While his lov'd partner, boastful of her hoard, Displays her cleanly platter on the board.

Home Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: The Traveller (l. 191)

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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.

Absence Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: The Traveller (l. 7)

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Of all the plants that cover the earth and lie like a fringe of hair upon the body of our grandmother, try to obtain knowledge that you may be strengthened in life

Plants Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith

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Careless their merits or their faults to scan, His pity gave ere charity began.

Philanthropy Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: The Deserted Village (l. 161)

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Aromatic plants bestow No spicy fragrance while they grow; But crush'd or trodden to the ground, Diffuse their balmy sweets around.

Adversity Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: The Captivity (act I)

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Conscience is a coward, and those faults it has not strength to prevent, it seldom has justice enough to accuse.

Conscience Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: Vicar of Wakefield (ch. XIII)

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The watch-dog's voice that bay'd the whispering wind, And the loud laugh that spoke the vacant mind: There all in sweet confusion sought the shade, And fill'd each pause the nightingale had made.

Night Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: The Deserted Village (l. 121)

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