Oliver Goldsmith
Quotations


I have known a German Prince with more titles than subjects, and a Spanish nobleman with more names than shirts.

Honour sinks where commerce long prevails.

You, that are going to be married, think things can never be done too fast: but we that are old, and know what we are about, must elope methodically, madam.

There are some faults so nearly allied to excellence that we can scarce weed out the vice without eradicating the virtue.

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

Girls like to be played with, and rumpled a little too, sometimes.

In all the silent manliness of grief.

When any one of our relations was found to be a person of a very bad character, a troublesome guest, or one we desired to get rid of, upon his leaving my house I ever took care to lend him a riding-coat, or a pair of boots, or sometimes a horse of small value, and I always had the satisfaction of finding he never came back to return them.

Law grinds the poor, and rich men rule the law.

Life at the greatest and best is but a forward child, that must be humoured and coaxed a little till it falls asleep, and then all the care is over.

Don't let us make imaginary evils, when you know we have so many real ones to encounter.

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.

The jests of the rich are ever successful.

I love everything that's old: old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wines; and, I believe, Dorothy, you'll own I have been pretty fond of an old wife.

The loud laugh that spoke the vacant mind.

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.



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