Oliver Goldsmith

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

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  • ''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).
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  • ''We had no revolutions to fear, nor fatigues to undergo; all our adventures were by the fireside, and all our migrations from the blue bed to the brown.''
    Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774), Anglo-Irish author, poet, playwright. The narrator (Dr. Charles Primrose), in The Vicar of Wakefield, ch. 1 (1766).
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  • ''I ... chose my wife as she did her wedding-gown, not for a fine glossy surface, but such qualities as would wear well.''
    Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774), Anglo-Irish author, poet, playwright. The narrator (Dr. Charles Primrose), in The Vicar of Wakefield, ch. 1 (1766).
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  • ''Honour sinks where commerce long prevails.''
    Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774), Anglo-Irish author, poet, playwright. The Traveller, l. 92 (1764).
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  • ''Where the broad ocean leans against the land.''
    Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774), Anglo-Irish poet, essayist, playwright. The Traveller, l. 284 (1764).
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  • ''Law grinds the poor, and rich men rule the law.''
    Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774), Anglo-Irish author, poet, playwright. The Traveller, l. 386 (1764).
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  • ''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).
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  • ''Could a man live by it, it were not unpleasant employment to be a poet.''
    Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Letter, February 1759, to his brother Henry Goldsmith.
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  • ''Life at the greatest and best is but a froward child, that must be humoured and coaxed a little till it falls asleep, and then all the care is over.''
    Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Croaker, in The Good Natur'd Man, act 1.
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  • ''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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Best Poem of Oliver Goldsmith

The Deserted Village

Sweet Auburn! loveliest village of the plain,
Where health and plenty cheered the labouring swain,
Where smiling spring its earliest visits paid,
And parting summer's lingering blooms delayed:
Dear lovely bowers of innocence and ease,
Seats of my youth, where every sport could please,
How often have I loitered o'er your green,
Where humble happiness endeared each scene;
How often have I paused on every charm,
The sheltered cot, the cultivated farm,
The never-failing brook, the busy mill,
The decent church that topped the neighbouring hill,
The hawthorn bush,...

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Memory

O MEMORY, thou fond deceiver,
Still importunate and vain,
To former joys recurring ever,
And turning all the past to pain:

Thou, like the world, th' oppress'd oppressing,
Thy smiles increase the wretch's woe:
And he who wants each other blessing
In thee must ever find a foe.

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