In a polite age almost every person becomes a reader, and receives more instruction from the Press than the Pulpit.
A kind and gentle heart he had, To comfort friends and foes; The naked every day he clad When he put on his clothes.
Sweet Auburn, loveliest village of the plain.
Let schoolmasters puzzle their brain, With grammar, and nonsense, and learning, Good liquor, I stoutly maintain, Gives genius a better discerning.
Our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall
Surely the best way to meet the enemy is head on in the field and not wait till they plunder our very homes.
[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.
A mind too vigorous and active, serves only to consume the body to which it is joined.
All that philosophy can teach is to be stubborn or sullen under misfortunes.
I learn several great truths; as that it is impossible to see into the ways of futurity, that punishment always attends the villain, that love is the fond soother of the human breast.
While selfishness joins hands with no one of the virtues, benevolence is allied to them all.
Modesty seldom resides in a breast that is not enriched with nobler virtues. Oliver Goldsmit
Pity and friendship are two passions incompatible with each other.
Let observation with observant view,Observe mankind from China to Peru.
It world be well had we more misers than we have among us.
Whenever you see a gaming table be sure to know fortune is not there. Rather she is always in the company of industry.
Thus 'tis with all; their chief and constant care Is to seem everything but what they are.
On the stage he was natural, simple, affecting, 'Twas only when he was off, he was acting. Oliver Goldsmit
Wisdom makes a slow defense against trouble, though a sure one in the end.
The little mind who loves itself, will wr'te and think with the vulgar; but the great mind will be bravely eccentric, and scorn the beaten road, from universal benevolence.
Villainy, when detected, never gives up, but boldly adds impudence to imposture.
The hawthorn bush, with seats beneath the shade, For talking age and whispering lovers made.
The hours we pass with happy prospects in view are more pleasing than those crowded with fruition.
We had no revolutions to fear, nor fatigues to undergo; all our adventures were by the fireside, and all our migrations from the blue bed to the brown.
And still they gazed, and still the wonder grew, that one small head could carry all he knew.
Honour sinks where commerce long prevails.
A book may be very amusing with numerous errors, or it may be very dull without a single absurdity.
Eternal blessings crown my earliest friend,And round his dwelling guardian saints attend.
As for murmurs, mother, we grumble a little now and then, to be sure; but there's no love lost between us.
At night returning, every labour sped,He sits him down, the monarch of a shed;Smiles by his cheerful fire, and round surveysHis children's looks, that brighten at the blaze;While his lov'd partner, boastful of her hoard,Displays her cleanly platter on the board.