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A collection of quotations by Oliver Goldsmith on success lies, humor, conquer, wit, sarcasm, friends, books, novels, poetry, writing, drama, modesty and virtue.

28 Mind-Blowing Quotes By Oliver Goldsmith That You Can’t Miss

Quick Facts

Famous As: Novelist, Playwright, Poet

Born On: November 10, 1728

Died On: April 4, 1774

Born In: Ballymahon

Died At Age: 45

Oliver Goldsmith was an Irish poet, novelist, playwright and dramatist. He started his writing career as a hack writer and did the jobs of reviewing, translating and compiling materials. His extraordinary writing talent reflected in his work and he was soon surrounded by people of the higher class like aristocrats and highly intellectual people. He started off with some minor works and went on to write for a famous magazine. He further came up with ‘The Hermit’, a romantic ballad, which was well received by the masses. This helped him gain economic stability but his notorious spendthrift nature buried him under heavy debts. To clear his debts, he went back to hack writing and translated and edited biographies and verse anthologies. A lot of what he wrote became quite popular as his quotes and is quoted widely. Presenting a compilation of thoughts and quotations by Oliver Goldsmith which have been curated from his plays, dialogues, poems, books, novels and writings.
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Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

Oliver Goldsmith

Ask me no questions, and I'll tell you no fibs.

Oliver Goldsmith

I love everything that is old; old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wines.

Oliver Goldsmith

The first time I read an excellent book, it is to me just as if I had gained a new friend. When I read a book over I have perused before, it resembles the meeting with an old one.

Oliver Goldsmith

You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.

Oliver Goldsmith

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

Oliver Goldsmith

People seldom improve when they have no model but themselves to copy after

Oliver Goldsmith

He who fights and runs away May live to fight another day; But he who is battle slain Can never rise to fight again

Oliver Goldsmith

Conscience is a coward, and those faults it has not strength enough to prevent it seldom has justice enough to accuse.

Oliver Goldsmith

Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey/Where wealth accumulates and men decay

Oliver Goldsmith

Modesty seldom resides in a breast that is not enriched with nobler virtues.

Oliver Goldsmith

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

Every absurdity has a champion to defend it.

Oliver Goldsmith

He who fights and runs away May live to fight another day...

Oliver Goldsmith

…The more enormous our wealth, the more extensive our fears, all our possessions are paled up with new edicts every day, and hung round with gibbets to scare every invader.

Oliver Goldsmith

Law grinds the poor, rich men rule the law

Oliver Goldsmith

Friendship is a disinterested commerce between equals; love an abject intercourse between tyrants and slaves.

Oliver Goldsmith

Politeness is the result of good sense and good nature.

Oliver Goldsmith

A reserved lover, it is said, always makes a suspicious husband.

Oliver Goldsmith

A book may be very amusing with numerous errors, or it may be very dull without a single absurdity.

Oliver Goldsmith

All is not gold that glitters, Pleasure seems sweet, but proves a glass of bitters

Oliver Goldsmith

Where commerce and capitalism are invloved, often times, morality and honor sink to the bottom-Oliver Goldsmith paraphrased

Oliver Goldsmith

The nakedness of the indignant world may be cloathed from the trimmings of the vain.

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

I have known many of those pretended champions for liberty in my time, yet do I not remember one that was not in his heart and in his family a tyrant.

Oliver Goldsmith

What we place most hopes upon, generally proves most fatal.

Oliver Goldsmith

The beast retires to it's shelter, and the bird flies to it's nest; but the helpless man can only find refuge in his fellow creature.

Oliver Goldsmith

Hope, like the gleaming taper’s light, adorns and cheers our way; and still, as darker grows the night, emits a brighter ray.

Oliver Goldsmith