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Oliver Goldsmith Quotes

(1728-1774), Anglo-Irish Author, Poet, Playwright

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.

Category: Ability

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.

Category: Alcohol And Alcoholism

The ambitious are forever followed by adulation for they receive the most pleasure from flattery.

Category: Ambition

If one wishes to become rich they must appear rich.

Category: Appearance

There is no arguing with him, for if his pistol misses fire, he knocks you down with the butt end of it.

Category: Argument

I have known a German Prince with more titles than subjects, and a Spanish nobleman with more names than shirts.

Category: Aristocracy

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.

Category: Books And Reading

When a person has no need to borrow they find multitudes willing to lend.

Category: Borrowing

Honor sinks where commerce long prevails.

Category: Business

Unequal combinations are always disadvantageous to the weaker side.

Category: Business

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

Category: Character

Every absurdity has a champion to defend it; for error is always talkative.

Category: Communication

Surely the best way to meet the enemy is head on in the field and not wait till they plunder our very homes.

Category: Competition

The heart of every man lies open to the shafts of correction if the archer can take proper aim.

Category: Correction

Good counsel rejected returns to enrich the givers bosom.

Category: Counsel