Oliver Goldsmith

Irish writer of novels and poetry and plays and essays (1728-1774)

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Ask me no questions, and I'll tell you no fibs.
Don't let us make imaginary evils, when you know we have so many real ones to encounter.
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.
Hope, like the gleaming taper's light, Adorns and cheers our way And still, as darker grows the night, Emits a brighter ray.
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.
Ill fares the land, to hast'ning ill a prey, Where wealth accumulates, and men decay Princes and Lords may flourish, or may fade A breath can make them, as a breath has made but a bold peasantry, their country's pride, When once destroyed can never be supplied.
Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey, where wealth accumulates, and men decay.
It seemed to me pretty plain, that they had more of love than matrimony in them.
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.
No one but a fool would measure their satisfaction by what the world thinks of it.
People seldom improve when they have no other model, but themselves to copy after.
The dancing pair that simply sought renown,By holding out to tire each other downThe swain mistrustless of his smutted face,While secret laughter titter'd round the placeThe bashful virgin's side-long looks of love,The matrons glance that would those looks reproveThese were thy charms, sweet village sports like these,With sweet succession, taught e'en toil to pleaseThese were thy bowers their cheerful influence shed,These were thy charms -- but all these charms are fled.
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.
Whenever you see a gaming table be sure to know fortune is not there. Rather she is always in the company of industry.
Wisdom makes a slow defense against trouble, though a sure one in the end.

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