Top 10 Quotes by Oliver Goldsmith

Oliver Goldsmith

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

Oliver Goldsmith
Titles and mottoes to books are like escutcheons and dignities in the hands of a king. The wise sometimes condescend to accept of them; but none but a fool would imagine them of any real importance. We ought to depend upon intrinsic merit, and not the slender helps of the title.
Oliver Goldsmith

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.

Oliver Goldsmith
Nothing is so contemptible as that affectation of wisdom, which some display, by universal incredulity.
Oliver Goldsmith

I have found by experience that they who have spent all their lives in cities contract not only an effeminacy of habit, but of thinking.

Oliver Goldsmith
Unequal combinations are always disadvantageous to the weaker side.
Oliver Goldsmith

Who pepper'd the highest was surest to please.

Oliver Goldsmith
Modesty seldom resides in a breast that is not enriched with nobler virtues. Oliver Golds
Oliver Goldsmith

The more various our artificial necessities, the wider is our circle of pleasure; for all pleasure consists in obviating necessities as they rise; luxury, therefore, as it increases our wants, increases our capacity for happiness

Oliver Goldsmith
Of all kinds of ambition, that which pursues poetical fame is the wildest