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Oliver Goldsmith quotes

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.

You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.

Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall.

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

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

Tenderness is a virtue.

The hours we pass with happy prospects in view are more pleasing than those crowded with fruition.

I love everything that's old, - old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine.

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.

All that a husband or wife really wants is to be pitied a little, praised a little, and appreciated a little.

Pity and friendship are two passions incompatible with each other.

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!

Life is a journey that must be traveled no matter how bad the roads and accommodations.

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?

Ceremonies are different in every country, but true politeness is everywhere the same.

Every absurdity has a champion to defend it.

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

Let schoolmasters puzzle their brain, With grammar, and nonsense, and learning, Good liquor, I stoutly maintain, Gives genius a better discerning.

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

The company of fools may first make us smile, but in the end we always feel melancholy.