Quotes by: Oliver Goldsmith

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Oliver Goldsmith
Portrait 1769–70 by Joshua Reynolds
Born (1728-11-10)10 November 1728
Either Ballymahon, County Longford, Kingdom of Ireland, or Elphin, County Roscommon, Kingdom of Ireland
Died 4 April 1774(1774-04-04) (aged 45)
London, England
Resting place Temple Church, London
Occupation Playwright, poet, busker, apothecary's assistant
Language English
Education BA
Alma mater Trinity College, Dublin
Literary movement The Club
Notable works The Vicar of Wakefield, "The Deserted Village", The Good-Natur'd Man, She Stoops to Conquer

There are some faults so nearly allied to excellence that we can scarce weed out the vice without eradicating the virtue.
Oliver Goldsmith
A great source of calamity lies in regret and anticipation; therefore a person is wise who thinks of the present alone, regardless of the past or future.
Oliver Goldsmith
Life is a journey that must be traveled no matter how bad the roads and accommodations.
Oliver Goldsmith
I chose my wife, as she did her wedding gown, for qualities that would wear well.
Oliver Goldsmith
As writers become more numerous, it is natural for readers to become more indolent; whence must necessarily arise a desire of attaining knowledge with the greatest possible ease.
Oliver Goldsmith
On the stage he was natural, simple, affecting, 'Twas only when he was off, he was acting.
Oliver Goldsmith
I was ever of the opinion, that the honest man who married and brought up a large family, did more service than he who continued single, and only talked of population.
Oliver Goldsmith
All that a husband or wife really wants is to be pitied a little, praised a little, and appreciated a little.
Oliver Goldsmith
Ceremonies are different in every country, but true politeness is everywhere the same.
Oliver Goldsmith
Be not affronted at a joke. If one throw salt at thee, thou wilt receive no harm, unless thou art raw.
Oliver Goldsmith
A man who leaves home to mend himself and others is a philosopher; but he who goes from country to country, guided by the blind impulse of curiosity, is a vagabond.
Oliver Goldsmith
When lovely woman stoops to folly, and finds too late that men betray, what charm can soothe her melancholy, what art can wash her guilt away?
Oliver Goldsmith
Write how you want, the critic shall show the world you could have written better.
Oliver Goldsmith
Romance and novel paint beauty in colors more charming than nature, and describe a happiness that humans never taste. How deceptive and destructive are those pictures of consummate bliss!
Oliver Goldsmith
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