Oliver Goldsmith

1728 - 1774

A Quote by Oliver Goldsmith on children, good, and sharing

Even children follow'd with endearing wile, And pluck'd his gown, to share the good man's smile.

Oliver Goldsmith (1728 - 1774)

Source: The Deserted Village

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A Quote by Oliver Goldsmith on cities, immortality, posterity, and sorrow

What cities, as great as this, have . . . promised themselves immortality! Posterity can hardly trace the situation of some. The sorrowful traveller wanders over the awful ruins of others. . . . Here stood their citadel, but now grown over with weeds; there their senate-house, but now the haunt of every noxious reptile; temples and theatres stood here, now only an undistinguished heap of ruins.

Oliver Goldsmith (1728 - 1774)

Source: The Bee, No. 4

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A Quote by Oliver Goldsmith on guidance, hospitality, and loneliness

Turn, gentle Hermit of the Dale, And guide my lonely way To where yon taper cheers the vale With hospitable ray.

Oliver Goldsmith (1728 - 1774)

Source: The Hermit

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A Quote by Oliver Goldsmith

Handsome is that handsome does.

Oliver Goldsmith (1728 - 1774)

Source: .Vicar of Wakefield

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A Quote by Oliver Goldsmith on goodness, happiness, individuality, justice, and society

Whatever mitigates the woes, or increases the happiness of others, is a just criterion of goodness; and whatever injures society at large, or any individual in it, is a criterion of iniquity.

Oliver Goldsmith (1728 - 1774)

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A Quote by Oliver Goldsmith on age and lovers

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The hawthorn bush, with seats beneath the shade, For talking age and whispering lovers made.

Oliver Goldsmith (1728 - 1774)

Source: The Deserted Village

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A Quote by Oliver Goldsmith on lies, patience, and sons

Embosom'd in the deep where Holland lies. Methinks her patient sons before me stand, Where the broad ocean leans against the land.

Oliver Goldsmith (1728 - 1774)

Source: The Traveller

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A Quote by Oliver Goldsmith on good, horses, journeys, philosophy, and stability

This same philosophy is a good horse in the stable, but an arrant jade on a journey.

Oliver Goldsmith (1728 - 1774)

Source: The Good-Natured Man

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A Quote by Oliver Goldsmith on eternity

As some tall cliff that lifts its awful form, Swells from the vale, and midway leaves the storm,- Though round its breast the rolling clouds are spread, Eternal sunshine settles on its head.

Oliver Goldsmith (1728 - 1774)

Source: The Deserted Village

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A Quote by Oliver Goldsmith on life and sermons

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

Oliver Goldsmith (1728 - 1774)

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