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Oliver Goldsmith

  • Philosophy is a good horse in the stable, but an errant jade on a journey.

  • If you were to make little fishes talk, they would take whales.

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

  • A modest woman, dressed out in all her finery, is the most tremendous object of the whole creation.

  • Ask me no question and I'll tell you no fibs.

  • I'll fares the land, to hastening ills a prey, Where wealth accumulates, and men decay; prices 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.

  • Laws grind the poor, and rich men rule the law.

  • And still they gazed, and still the wonder grew, That one small head should carry all it knew.

  • The very pink of perfection.

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

  • Man wants but little here below nor wants that little long.

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

  • He who seeks for applause only from without has all his happiness in another's keeping.

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

  • Philosophy....should not pretend to increase our present stock, but make us economists of what we are possessed of.

  • The man recovered of the bite, The dog it was that died.

  • He watched and wept, he prayed and felt for all.

  • Fortune is ever seen accompanying industry.

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

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

  • To make a fine gentleman, several trades are required, but chiefly a barber.

  • At church, with meek and unaffected grace, his looks adorned the venerable place; truth from his lips prevailed with double sway, and fools, who came to scoff, remained to pray.

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