Top 10 Quotes by Oliver Goldsmith

Oliver Goldsmith

True generosity is a duty as indispensably necessary as those imposed on us by law.

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

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.

Oliver Goldsmith
Fine declamation does not consist in flowery periods, delicate allusions of musical cadences, but in a plain, open, loose style, where the periods are long and obvious, where the same thought is often exhibited in several points of view.
Oliver Goldsmith

Were I to be angry at men being fools, I could here find ample room for declamation; but, alas! I have been a fool myself; and why should I be angry with them for being something so natural to every child of humanity?

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

All his faults are such that one loves him still the better for them.

Oliver Goldsmith
Mortifications are often more painful than real calamities.
Oliver Goldsmith

Those who think must govern those that toil.

Oliver Goldsmith
The fortunate circumstances of our lives are generally found, at last, to be of our own producing.