Quotations From OLIVER GOLDSMITH

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  • 1.
    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.

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  • 2.
    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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  • 3.
    It seemed to me pretty plain, that they had more of love than matrimony in them.
    Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774), Anglo-Irish author, poet, playwright. Dr. Charles Primrose, in The Vicar of Wakefield, ch. 16 (1766).

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  • 4.
    I have known a German Prince with more titles than subjects, and a Spanish nobleman with more names than shirts.
    Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. The Citizen of the World, letter 120 (1762).
  • 5.
    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.
    Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. "Upon Unfortunate Merit," The Bee, no. 5 (London, Nov. 3, 1759).
  • 6.
    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).
  • 7.
    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).
  • 8.
    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.
  • 9.
    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.
  • 10.
    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.

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