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Oliver Goldsmith
November 10, 1730 - April 4, 1774
Nationality: Irish
Category: Poet
Subcategory: Irish Poet

All that a husband or wife really wants is to be pitied a little, praised a little, and appreciated a little.


When lovely woman stoops to folly, and finds too late that men betray, what charm can soothe her melancholy, what art can wash her guilt away?


Write how you want, the critic shall show the world you could have written better.


I chose my wife, as she did her wedding gown, for qualities that would wear well.


The company of fools may first make us smile, but in the end we always feel melancholy.


Where wealth accumulates, men decay.


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


Hope is such a bait, it covers any hook.


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


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.


Romance and novel paint beauty in colors more charming than nature, and describe a happiness that humans never taste. How deceptive and destructive are those pictures of consummate bliss!


There are some faults so nearly allied to excellence that we can scarce weed out the vice without eradicating the virtue.


Life is a journey that must be traveled no matter how bad the roads and accommodations.


Let schoolmasters puzzle their brain, With grammar, and nonsense, and learning, Good liquor, I stoutly maintain, Gives genius a better discerning.


Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall.


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


They say women and music should never be dated.


On the stage he was natural, simple, affecting, 'Twas only when he was off, he was acting.


I was ever of the opinion, that the honest man who married and brought up a large family, did more service than he who continued single, and only talked of population.


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.


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