Oliver Goldsmith Quotes

Most popular Oliver Goldsmith Quotes

Fortitude is victory.
— Oliver Goldsmith
Silence gives consent.

speak your mind

A door must be shut or open.
— Oliver Goldsmith
O Memory! Thou fond deceiver.

deceit memory

Ask no questions and hear no lies.
— Oliver Goldsmith
In all the silent manliness of grief.
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His greatest riches—ignorance of wealth.
— Oliver Goldsmith


Ask me no questions and I'll tell you no fibs.
— Oliver Goldsmith


Laws grind the poor, and rich men rule the law.
— Oliver Goldsmith


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

morals action

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


People seldom improve when they have no model but themselves to copy after.
— Oliver Goldsmith
Wisdom makes but a slow defense against trouble, though at last a sure one.

wisdom trouble

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


Modesty seldom resides in a breast that is not enriched with nobler virtues
— Oliver Goldsmith
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.
— Oliver Goldsmith

failure glory

But where to find that happiest spot below, who can direct, when all pretend to know?
— Oliver Goldsmith
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.
— Oliver Goldsmith
On the stage he was natural, simple, affecting, 'Twas only when he was off, he was acting.
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An emperor in his night-cap would not meet with half the respect of an emperor with a crown.
— Oliver Goldsmith
We take greater pains to persuade others that we are happy than in endeavoring to be so ourselves.
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All that a husband or wife really wants is to be pitied a little, praised a little, appreciated a little.
— Oliver Goldsmith

marriage relationships

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.

excellence vice & 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.
— Oliver Goldsmith