There are but few talents requisite to become a popular preacher; for the people are easily pleased if they perceive any endeavors in the orator to please them. The meanest qualifications will work this effect if the preacher sincerely sets about it.
Law grinds the poor, and rich men rule the law.
The work of eradicating crimes is not by making punishment familiar, but formidable.
Nothing is so contemptible as that affectation of wisdom, which some display, by universal incredulity.
People seek within a short span of life to satisfy a thousand desires, each of which is insatiable.
If you were to make little fishes talk, they would talk like whales. Oliver Goldsmit
Popular glory is a perfect coquette; her lovers must toil, feel every inquietude, indulge every caprice, and perhaps at last be jilted into the bargain. True glory, on the other hand, resembles a woman of sense; her admirers must play no tricks. They feel no great anxiety, for they are sure in the e
If you were to make little fishes talk, they would talk like whales. Oliver Golds
You, that are going to be married, think things can never be done too fast: but we that are old, and know what we are about, must elope methodically, madam.
Well had the boding tremblers learned to trace the day's disasters in his morning face.
O friendship! thou fond soother of the human breast, to thee we fly in every calamity; to thee the wretched seek for succor; on thee the care-tired son of misery fondly relies; from thy kind assistance the unfortunate always hopes relief, and may be sure of--disappointment.
Philosophy ... should not pretend to increase our present stock, but make us economists of what we are possessed of.
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?
And e'en while fashion's brightest arts decoy, The heart distrusting asks if this be joy.
Blest be those feasts, with simple plenty crowned, Where all the ruddy family around Laugh at the jests or pranks that never fail Or sigh with pity at some mournful tale.
Thus 'tis with all; their chief and constant care Is to seem everything but what they are.
Though very poor, may still be very blest.
Who mix'd reason with pleasure, and wisdom with mirth: If he had any faults, he has left us in doubt.
Thou source of all my bliss and all my woe, That found'st me poor at first, and keep'st me so.
The company of fools may first make us smile, but in the end we always feel melancholy. Oliver Goldsmit
In two opposite opinions, if one be perfectly reasonable, the other can't be perfectly right.
Wit generally succeeds more from being happily addressed than from its native poignancy. A jest, calculated to spread at a gaming-table, may be received with, perfect indifference should it happen to drop in a mackerel-boat.
Ceremonies are different in every country, but true politeness is everywhere the same. Oliver Goldsmit
I hate the French because they are all slaves and wear wooden shoes.
In all the silent manliness of grief.
The genteel thing is the genteel thing any time, if as be that a gentleman bees in a concatenation accordingly.
Whatever mitigates the woes, or increases the happiness of others, is a just criterion of goodness; and whatever injures society at large, or any individual in it, is a criterion of iniquity.
[T]here are depths of thousands of miles which are hidden from our inquiry. The only tidings we have from those unfathomable regions are by means of volcanoes, those burning mountains that seem to discharge their materials from the lowest abysses of the earth.
To husband out life's taper at the close, And keep the flames from wasting by repose.
Want of prudence is too frequently the want of virtue.