Quotes by Oliver Goldsmith
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Conscience is a coward, and those faults it has not strength enough to prevent it seldom has justice enough to accuse.
- Friendship is a disinterested commerce between equals love, an abject intercourse between tyrants and slaves.
- Hope is such a bait, it covers any hook.
- I chose my wife, as she did her wedding gown, for qualities that would wear well.
- I love everything that's old, - old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine.
- Let schoolmasters puzzle their brain, With grammar, and nonsense, and learning, Good liquor, I stoutly maintain, Gives genius a better discerning.
- 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!
- Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall.
- The company of fools may first make us smile, but in the end we always feel melancholy.