Oliver Goldsmith Quotes
Most popular Oliver Goldsmith Quotes
Fortitude is victory.
Silence gives consent.
A door must be shut or open.
O Memory! Thou fond deceiver.
Ask no questions and hear no lies.
In all the silent manliness of grief.
His greatest riches—ignorance of wealth.
Ask me no questions and I'll tell you no fibs.
Laws grind the poor, and rich men rule the law.
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
The virtue which requires to be ever guarded is scarce worth the sentinel.
Modesty seldom resides in a breast that is not enriched with nobler virtues
People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy.
People seldom improve when they have no model but themselves to copy after.
Wisdom makes but a slow defense against trouble, though at last a sure one.
The true use of speech is not so much to express our wants as to conceal them.
Our greatest glory consists not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall.
But where to find that happiest spot below, who can direct, when all pretend to know?
He who seeks for applause only from without, has all his happiness in another's keeping.
I love everything that's old: old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wines.
On the stage he was natural, simple, affecting, 'Twas only when he was off, he was acting.
An emperor in his night-cap would not meet with half the respect of an emperor with a crown.
We take greater pains to persuade others that we are happy than in endeavoring to be so ourselves.
All that a husband or wife really wants is to be pitied a little, praised a little, appreciated a little.
The ingratitude of the world can never deprive us of the conscious happiness of having acted with humanity ourselves.
There are some faults so nearly allied to excellence that we can scarce weed out the vice without eradicating the virtue.
The metaphor is a shorter simile, or rather a kind of magical coat, by which the same idea assumes a thousand different appearances.
It is a species of painting with words, in which the figures are happily conceived, ingeniously arranged, affectingly expressed, and recommended with all the warmth and harmony of coloring.
Every acknowledgment of gratitude is a circumstance of humiliation; and some are found to submit to frequent mortifications of this kind, proclaiming what obligations they owe, merely because they think it in some measure cancels the debt.