Oliver Goldsmith

(10 November 1730 – 4 April 1774 / County Longford / Ireland)

Oliver Goldsmith Quotes

  • ''Girls like to be played with, and rumpled a little too, sometimes.''
    Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Hardcastle, in She Stoops to Conquer, act 5, sc. 1.
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  • ''I love everything that's old: old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wines; and, I believe, Dorothy, you'll own I have been pretty fond of an old wife.''
    Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774), Anglo-Irish author, poet, playwright. Hardcastle, in She Stoops to Conquer, act. 1, sc. 1.
  • ''You, that are going to be married, think things can never be done too fast: but we that are old, and know what we are about, must elope methodically, madam.''
    Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Jarvis to Olivia, in The Good Natur'd Man, act 4.
  • ''Don't let us make imaginary evils, when you know we have so many real ones to encounter.''
    Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Leontine, in The Good Natur'd Man, act 1.
  • ''Friendship is a disinterested commerce between equals; love, an abject intercourse between tyrants and slaves.''
    Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774), Anglo-Irish author, poet, playwright. Mr. Honeywood, in The Good Natur'd Man, act 1.
  • ''Friendship is a disinterested commerce between equals; love, an abject intercourse between tyrants and slaves.''
    Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774), Anglo-Irish author, poet, playwright. Mr. Honeywood, in The Good Natur'd Man, act 1 (1768).
  • ''I can't say whether we had more wit among us now than usual, but I am certain we had more laughing, which answered the end as well.''
    Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774), Anglo-Irish author, poet, playwright. Narrator (Dr. Charles Primrose), in The Vicar of Wakefield, ch. 32 (1766).
  • ''If you were to make little fishes talk, they would talk like whales.''
    Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774), Anglo-Irish author, poet, playwright. Entry, April 27, 1773, to Johnson. Quoted in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson (1791).
  • ''There are some faults so nearly allied to excellence that we can scarce weed out the vice without eradicating the virtue.''
    Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774), Anglo-Irish author. Sir William Honeywood, in The Good Natur'd Man, act 1.
  • ''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.''
    Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774), Anglo-Irish author, poet, playwright. The Citizen of the World, letter 7 (1762).

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Best Poem of Oliver Goldsmith

The Village Schoolmaster

Beside yon straggling fence that skirts the way
With blossom'd furze unprofitably gay,
There, in his noisy mansion, skill'd to rule,
The village master taught his little school;
A man severe he was, and stern to view,
I knew him well, and every truant knew;
Well had the boding tremblers learn'd to trace
The days disasters in his morning face;
Full well they laugh'd with counterfeited glee,
At all his jokes, for many a joke had he:
Full well the busy whisper, circling round,
Convey'd the dismal tidings when he frown'd:
Yet he was kind; or if severe in ...

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A New Simile

IN THE MANNER OF SWIFT

LONG had I sought in vain to find
A likeness for the scribbling kind;
The modern scribbling kind, who write
In wit, and sense, and nature's spite:
Till reading, I forget what day on,
A chapter out of Tooke's Pantheon,
I think I met with something there,

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