Oliver Goldsmith Quotes

Wisdom makes a slow defense against trouble, though a sure one in the end.

Oliver Goldsmith

To aim at erxcellence, our reputation, and friends, and all must be ventured; to aim at the average we run no risk and provide little service.

Oliver Goldsmith

Learn the luxury of doing good

Oliver Goldsmith

Those who place their affections at first on trifles for amusement, will find these become at last their most serious concerns.

Oliver Goldsmith

To aim at excellence, our reputation, and friends, and all must be ventured; to aim at the average we run no risk and provide little service.

Oliver Goldsmith

They may talk of a comet, or a burning mountain, or some such bagatelle; but to me a modest woman, dressed out in all her finery, is the most tremendous object of the whole creation.

Oliver Goldsmith

Don't let us make imaginary evils, when you know we have so many real ones to encounter.

Oliver Goldsmith

In arguing, too, the parson own'd his skill, For even though vanquished he could argue still.

Oliver Goldsmith

I find you want me to furnish you with argument and intellects too. No, sir, these, I protest you, are too hard for me.

Oliver Goldsmith

In arguing one should meet serious pleading with humor, and humor with serious pleading.

Oliver Goldsmith

To a philosopher no circumstance, however trifling, is too minute.

Oliver Goldsmith

Such dainties to them, their health it might hurt: It's like sending them ruffles, when wanting a shirt.

Oliver Goldsmith

The more various our artificial necessities, the wider is our circle of pleasure; for all pleasure consists in obviating necessities as they rise; luxury, therefore, as it increases our wants, increases our capacity for happiness

Oliver Goldsmith

Paltry affectation, strained allusions, and disgusting finery are easily attained by those who choose to wear them; they are but too frequently the badges of ignorance or of stupidity, whenever it would endeavor to please

Oliver Goldsmith

I love everything thats old: old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wines.

Oliver Goldsmith

The best way to make your audience laugh is to start laughing yourself.

Oliver Goldsmith
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