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126 Famous Quotes by Oliver Goldsmith
11/10/1730 - 4/4/1774
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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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Well had the boding tremblers learn'd to trace The day's disasters in his morning face.

Faces Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: The Deserted Village (l. 199)

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On the stage he was natural, simple, affecting 'Twas only that when he was off, he was acting.

Acting Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: Retaliation (l. 101)

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By sports like these are all their cares beguil'd, The sports of children satisfy the child.

Childhood Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: The Traveller (l. 153)

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And his best riches, ignorance of wealth.

Ignorance Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: The Deserted Village (l. 61)

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In all the silent manliness of grief.

Grief Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: The Deserted Village (l. 384)

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What cities, as great as this, have . . . promised themselves immortality! Posterity can hardly trace the situation of some. The sorrowful traveller wanders over the awful ruins of others others. . . . Here stood their citadel, but now grown over with weeds; there their senate-house, but now the haunt of every noxious reptile; temples and theatres stood here, now only an undistinguished heap of ruins.

Ruin Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith , Source: The Bee (no. IV, A City Night-Piece)

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Friendship is a disinterested commerce between equals; love, an abject intercourse between tyrants and slaves.'

Friendship Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith

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Honour sinks where commerce long prevails.

Business Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith

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Tenderness is a virtue.

Tenderness Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith

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Like the bee, we should make our industry our amusement.

Inspirational Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith

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No one but a fool would measure their satisfaction by what the world thinks of it.

Advice / experience / wisdom Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith

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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.

All about love Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith

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Tenderness is a virtue.

All about love Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith

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Our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

Cliches and one-liners Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith

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There is nothing so absurd or ridiculous that has not at some time been said by some philosopher.

Absurdity Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith

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Honor sinks where commerce long prevails.

Finance and economics Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith

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Fortune is ever seen accompanying industry.

Fortune Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith

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

Life Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith

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Every absurdity has a champion to defend it, for error is always talkative.

Loquacity Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith

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Ask me no questions and I'll tell you no lies.

Lying 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 traveler of taste will notice that the wise are polite all over the world, but the fool only at home.

Perspective Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith

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People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy after.

Self-improvement Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith

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The true use of speech is not so much to express our wants as to conceal them.

Speech Quotes, by Oliver Goldsmith

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