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 :: 1728-1774, Anglo-Irish Author, Poet, Playwright

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A great source of calamity lies in regret and anticipation; therefore a person is wise who thinks of the present alone, regardless of the past or future.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Regret]

 

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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 - [Travel and Tourism]

 

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A modest woman, dressed out in all her finery, is the most tremendous object of the whole creation.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Dress]

 

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A traveler of taste will notice that the wise are polite all over the world, but the fool only at home.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Manners]

 

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And still they gazed, and still the wonder grew, that one small head could carry all he knew.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Intelligence and Intellectuals]

 

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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 - [Books and Reading]

 

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But in his duty prompt at every call, he watched and wept, he prayed and felt for all.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Duty]

 

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Ceremonies are different in every country, but true politeness is everywhere the same.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Manners]

 

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Crime generally punishes itself.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Crime and Criminals]

 

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Don't let us make imaginary evils, when you know we have so many real ones to encounter.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Morality]

 

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Every absurdity has a champion to defend it; for error is always talkative.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Communication]

 

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Fear guides more than gratitude.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Fear]

 

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For he that fights and runs away, may live to fight another day, but he, who is in battle slain, can never rise and fight again.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Discretion]

 

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Fortune is ever seen accompanying industry.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Fortune]

 

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Friendship is a disinterested commerce between equals; love, an abject intercourse between tyrants and slaves.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Friends and Friendship]

 

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Girls like to be played with, and rumpled a little too, sometimes.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Girls]

 

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Good counsel rejected returns to enrich the givers bosom.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Counsel]

 

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He cast off his friends as a huntsman his pack, for he knew when he pleased he could whistle them back.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Popularity]

 

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Honor sinks where commerce long prevails.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Business]

 

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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 - [Alcohol and Alcoholism]

 

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