Oliver Goldsmith

1728 - 1774

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 beginning, charity, faults, merit, pity, pride, and virtue

Careless their merits or their faults to scan, His pity gave ere charity began. Thus to relieve the wretched was his pride, And even his failings lean'd to Virtue's side.

Oliver Goldsmith (1728 - 1774)

Source: The Deserted Village

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A Quote by Oliver Goldsmith on argument

His conduct still right, with his argument wrong.

Oliver Goldsmith (1728 - 1774)

Source: Retaliation.

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A Quote by Oliver Goldsmith on conscience, cowardice, faults, justice, and strength

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

Oliver Goldsmith (1728 - 1774)

Source: The Vicar of Wakefield

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A Quote by Oliver Goldsmith on contentment, failure, freedom, honor, and wealth

Where wealth and freedom reign contentment fails, And honour sinks where commerce long prevails.

Oliver Goldsmith (1728 - 1774)

Source: The Traveller

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