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

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I do not love a man who is zealous for nothing.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Zeal]

 

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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 - [Aristocracy]

 

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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 - [Taste]

 

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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 - [Wives]

 

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If frugality were established in the state, and if our expenses were laid out to meet needs rather than superfluities of life, there might be fewer wants, and even fewer pleasures, but infinitely more happiness.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Happiness]

 

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If one wishes to become rich they must appear rich.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Appearance]

 

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Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey, where wealth accumulates, and men decay.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Wealth]

 

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In all the silent manliness of grief.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Grief]

 

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It seemed to me pretty plain, that they had more of love than matrimony in them.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Passion]

 

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Law grinds the poor, and rich men rule the law.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Law and Lawyers]

 

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Life at the greatest and best is but a froward child, that must be humored and coaxed a little till it falls asleep, and then all the care is over.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Life and Living]

 

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Life has been compared to a race, but the allusion improves by observing, that the most swift are usually the least manageable and the most likely to stray from the course. Great abilities have always been less serviceable to the possessors than moderate ones.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Ability]

 

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Life is a journey that must be traveled no matter how bad the roads and accommodations.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Travel and Tourism]

 

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Like the bee, we should make our industry our amusement.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Work]

 

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Modesty seldom resides in a breast that is not enriched with nobler virtues.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Modesty]

 

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No one but a fool would measure their satisfaction by what the world thinks of it.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Fools and Foolishness]

 

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Our chief comforts often produce our greatest anxieties, and the increase in our possessions is but an inlet to new disquietudes.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Materialism]

 

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Our pleasures are short, and can only charm at intervals; love is a method of protraction our greatest pleasure.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Pleasure]

 

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People seek within a short span of life to satisfy a thousand desires, each of which is insatiable.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Desire]

 

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People seldom improve when they have no other model, but themselves to copy after.
~ Oliver Goldsmith - [Example]

 

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