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126 Famous Quotes by Oliver Goldsmith
11/10/1730 - 4/4/1774
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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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They please, are pleas'd, they give to get esteem Till, seeming blest, they grow to what they seem.

Ambition Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: The Traveller (l. 266)

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I hate the French because they are all slaves and wear wooden shoes.

France Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: Essays (24 (1765 ed.)), appeared in the "British Magazine", June, 1760

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Gay, sprightly, land of mirth and social ease Pleased with thyself, whom all the world can please.

France Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: The Traveller (l. 241), said of France

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I'll be with you in the squeezing of a lemon.

Haste Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: She Stoops to Conquer (act I, sc. 2)

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"Very well," cried I, "that's a good girl; I find you are perfectly qualified for making converts, and so go help your mother to make the gooseberry bye."

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

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That dire disease, whose ruthless power Withers the beauty's transient flower.

Disease Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: Double Transformation (l. 75)

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The canvas glow'd beyond ev'n nature warm; The pregnant quarry teem'd with human form.

Art Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: The Traveller (l. 137)

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Thus idly busy rolls their world away.

Idleness Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: The Traveller (l. 256)

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Where village statesmen talk'd with looks profound. And news much older than their ale went round.

News Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: The Deserted Village (l. 223)

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The pictures placed for ornament and use, The twelve good rules, the royal game of goose.

Cards Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: The Deserted Village (l. 231)

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The only art her guilt to cover, To hide her shame from every eye, To give repentance to her lover, And wring his bosom, is--to die.

Shame Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: Vicar of Wakefield (ch. XXIV)

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Her modest looks the cottage might adorn, Sweet as the primrose peeps beneath the thorn.

Modesty Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: The Deserted Village (l. 329)

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As a wit, if not first, in the very first line.

Wit Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: Retaliation (l. 96)

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Cheerful at morn he wakes from short repose, Breathes the keen air, and carols as he goes.

Cheerfulness Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: The Traveller (l. 1853)

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And, e'en while fashion's brightest arts decoy, The heart, distrusting, asks if this be joy.

Joy Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: The Deserted Village (l. 263)

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Amid thy desert-walks the lapwing flies, And tires their echoes with unvaried cries.

Lapwings Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: The Deserted Village (l. 44)

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Blest be those feasts, with simple plenty crowned, Where all the ruddy family around Laugh at the jests or pranks that never fail Or sigh with pity at some mournful tale.

Eating Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: The Traveller (l. 17)

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And in that town a dog was found, As many dogs there be, Both mongrel, puppy, whelp and hound, And curs of low degree.

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

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Every pang that rends the heart.

Christ Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: The Captivity

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Alike all ages: dames of ancient days Have led their children through the mirthful maze, And the gay grandsire, skill'd in gestic lore, Has frisk'd beneath the burden of threescore.

Dancing Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: The Traveller (l. 251)

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Pride in their port, defiance in their eye, I see the lords of humankind pass by.

Pride Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: The Traveller (l. 327)

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A flattering painter, who made it his care To draw men as they ought to be, not as they are.

Painting Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: Retaliation (l. 63)

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How small of all that human hearts endure, That part which laws or kings can cause or cure! Still to ourselves in every place consigned, Our own felicity we make or find. With secret course, which no loud storms annoy, Glides the smooth current of domestic joy.

Home Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: The Traveller (l. 429)

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What if in Scotland's wilds we viel'd our head, Where tempests whistle round the sordid bed; Where the rug's two-fold use we might display, By night a blanket, and a plaid by day.

Home Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: The Traveller (l. 429)

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