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Oliver Goldsmith (1730-1774)

English essayist, poet, novelist, and dramatist

To the last moment of his breath
On hope the wretch relies;
And e'en the pang preceding death
Bids expectation rise.

Hope, like the gleaming taper's light,
Adorns and cheers our way;
And still, as darker grows the night,
Emits a brighter ray.

OLIVER GOLDSMITH, The Captivity

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

OLIVER GOLDSMITH, The Good-Natured Man

Women and music should never be dated.

OLIVER GOLDSMITH, She Stoops to Conquer

It is not easy to recover an art when once lost.

OLIVER GOLDSMITH, An Essay on the Theatre

The virtue which requires to be ever guarded is scarcely worth the sentinel.

OLIVER GOLDSMITH, The Vicar of Wakefield

To a philosopher no circumstance, however trifling, is too minute.

OLIVER GOLDSMITH, Citizen of the World

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

OLIVER GOLDSMITH, The Traveller

Ill fares the land, to hast'ning ills a prey,
Where wealth accumulates, and men decay.

OLIVER GOLDSMITH, The Deserted Village

How happy he who crowns in shades like these,
A youth of labour with an age of ease.

OLIVER GOLDSMITH, The Deserted Village

Ask me no questions, and I'll tell you no fibs.

OLIVER GOLDSMITH, She Stoops to Conquer

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

OLIVER GOLDSMITH, The Good-Natured Man

Laws grind the poor, and rich men rule the law.

OLIVER GOLDSMITH, The Traveller

Conscience is a coward, and those faults it has not strength enough to prevent it seldom has justice enough to accuse.

OLIVER GOLDSMITH, The Vicar of Wakefield

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

OLIVER GOLDSMITH, Essays

How wide the limits stand
Between a splendid and a happy land.

OLIVER GOLDSMITH, The Deserted Village

Life at the greatest is but a froward child, that must be humor'd and coax'd a little till it falls asleep, and then all the care is over.

OLIVER GOLDSMITH, The Good-Natured Man

The volume of Nature is the book of knowledge.

OLIVER GOLDSMITH, Citizen of the World

The great source of calamity lies in regret or anticipation; he therefore is most wise who thinks of the present alone, regardless of the past or the future.

OLIVER GOLDSMITH, Letter XLIV, Citizen of the World

He who seeks only for applause from without has all his happiness in another's keeping.

OLIVER GOLDSMITH, The Good-Natured Man

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

OLIVER GOLDSMITH, The Traveller

Wisdom makes but a slow defense against trouble, though at last a sure one.

OLIVER GOLDSMITH, The Vicar of Wakefield

The wisdom of the ignorant somewhat resembles the instinct of animals; it is diffused in but a very narrow sphere, but within the circle it acts with vigor, uniformity, and success.

OLIVER GOLDSMITH, The Citizen of the World; Or, Letters from a Chinese Philosopher

Those who think must govern those that toil.

OLIVER GOLDSMITH, The Traveller

Sincerity is the parent of truth.

OLIVER GOLDSMITH, attributed, Day's Collacon

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

OLIVER GOLDSMITH, The Traveller

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

OLIVER GOLDSMITH, The Deserted Village

In a polite age almost every person becomes a reader, and receives more instruction from the Press than the Pulpit.

OLIVER GOLDSMITH, The Citizen of the World

O, blest retirement! friend to life's decline --
How blest is he who crowns, in shades like these,
A youth of labor with an age of ease!

OLIVER GOLDSMITH, The Deserted Village

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

OLIVER GOLDSMITH, The Traveller

As ten millions of circles can never make a square, so the united voice of myriads cannot lend the smallest foundation to falsehood.

OLIVER GOLDSMITH, The Vicar of Wakefield

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

OLIVER GOLDSMITH, The Vicar of Wakefield

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

OLIVER GOLDSMITH, The Deserted Village

I love every thing that is old; old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wines.

OLIVER GOLDSMITH, She Stoops to Conquer

Oliver Goldsmith - a biography.

Oliver Goldsmith Poems - a collection of his poetry.

Oliver Goldsmith Bibliography - a bibliography, including list of critical resources.

She Stoops to Conquer - a synopsis of Goldsmith's most famous play.


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