Top 10 Quotes by Oliver Goldsmith

Oliver Goldsmith

Every acknowledgment of gratitude is a circumstance of humiliation; and some are found to submit to frequent mortifications of this kind, proclaiming what obligations they owe, merely because they think it in some measure cancels the debt.

Oliver Goldsmith
Fear guides more than gratitude.
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
I chose my wife, as she did her wedding gown, for qualities that would wear well.
Oliver Goldsmith

A traveler of taste will notice that the wise are polite all over the world, but the fool only at home.

Oliver Goldsmith
Fear guides more to their duty than gratitude; for one man who is virtuous from the love of virtue, from the obligation he thinks he lies under to the Giver of all, there are ten thousand who are good only from their apprehension of punishment.
Oliver Goldsmith

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

Oliver Goldsmith
The true use of speech is not so much to express our wants as to conceal them.
Oliver Goldsmith

The Europeans are themselves blind who describe fortune without sight. No first-rate beauty ever had finer eyes, or saw more clearly. They who have no other trade but seeking their fortune need never hope to find her; coquette-like, she flies from her close pursuers, and at last fixes on the plodding mechanic who stays at home and minds his business.

Oliver Goldsmith
There is yet a silent agony in which the mind appears to disdain all external help, and broods over its distresses with gloomy reserve. This is the most dangerous state of mind; accidents or friendships may lessen the louder kinds of grief, but all remedies for this must be had from within, and there despair too often finds the most deadly enemy.