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126 Famous Quotes by Oliver Goldsmith
11/10/1730 - 4/4/1774
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To what happy accident is it that we owe so unexpected a visit?

Accident Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: Vicar of Wakefield (ch. XIX)

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And the weak soul, within itself unbless'd, Leans for all pleasure on another's breast.

Weakness Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: The Traveller

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Let schoolmasters puzzle their brain, With grammar, and nonsense, and learning; Good liquor, I stoutly maintain, Gives genius a better discerning.

Liquor Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: She Stoops to Conquer (act I, sc. 1, song)

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The man recover'd of the bite, The dog it was that died.

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

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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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Such is the patriot's boast, where'er we roam, His first best country ever is at home.

Patriotism Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: The Traveller (l. 73)

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A night-cap deck'd his brows instead of bay, A cap by night,--a stocking all the day.

Apparel Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: Description of an Author's Bedchamber, in "Citizen of the World", Letter 30, "The Author's Club"

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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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The nakedness of the indigent world may be clothed from the trimmings of the vain.

Apparel Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: Vicar of Wakefield (ch. IV)

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By every remove I only drag a greater length of chain.

Memory Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: The Citizen of the World (no. 3)

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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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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.

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

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To what fortuitous occurrence do we not owe every pleasure and convenience of our lives.

Circumstance Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: Vicar of Wakefield (ch. XXI)

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Good people all, with one accord, Lament for Madame Blaize, Who never wanted a good word-- From those who spoke her praise.

Praise Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: Elegy on Mrs. Mary Blaize

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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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We sometimes had those little rubs which Providence sends to enhance the value of its favours.

Providence Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: Vicar of Wakefield (ch. I)

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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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Of praise a mere glutton, he swallow'd what came, And the puff a dunce, he mistook it for fame; Till his relish grown callous, almost to displease, Who pepper'd the highest was surest to please.

Flattery Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: Retaliation (l. 109)

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Such dainties to them, their health it might hurt: It's like sending them ruffles, when wanting a shirt.

Luxury Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: Haunch of Venison

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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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Let observation with observant view, Observe mankind from China to Peru.

Traveling Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: paraphrasing of Johnson

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Man wants but little here below, Nor wants that little long.

Wishes Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: The Hermit (st. 8)

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He watch'd and wept, he pray'd and felt for all.

Sympathy Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: The Deserted Village (l. 166)

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Blame where you must, be candid where you can, And be each critic the Good-natured Man.

Criticism Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: The Good-Natured Man (epilogue)

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They would talk of nothing but high life and high-lived company, with other fashionable topics, such as pictures, taste, Shakespeare, and the musical glasses.

Conversation Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: Vicar of Wakefield (ch. IX)

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