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Oliver Goldsmith Quotes

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

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

Category: Friends And Friendship

Whenever you see a gaming table be sure to know fortune is not there. Rather she is always in the company of industry.

Category: Gambling

Girls like to be played with, and rumpled a little too, sometimes.

Category: Girls

In all the silent manliness of grief.

Category: Grief

When any one of our relations was found to be a person of a very bad character, a troublesome guest, or one we desired to get rid of, upon his leaving my house I ever took care to lend him a riding-coat, or a pair of boots, or sometimes a horse of small value, and I always had the satisfaction of finding he never came back to return them.

Category: Guests

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.

Category: Happiness

The hours that we pass with happy prospects in view are more pleasing than those crowned with success.

Category: Hope

And still they gazed, and still the wonder grew, that one small head could carry all he knew.

Category: Intelligence And Intellectuals

The best way to make your audience laugh is to start laughing yourself.

Category: Laughter

The loud laugh that spoke the vacant mind.

Category: Laughter

The malicious sneer is improperly called laughter.

Category: Laughter

Law grinds the poor, and rich men rule the law.

Category: Law And Lawyers

The English laws punish vice; the Chinese laws do more, they reward virtue.

Category: Law And Lawyers

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.

Category: Life And Living

The life of man is a journey; a journey that must be traveled, however bad the roads or the accommodation.

Category: Life And Living