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OLIVER GOLDSMITH
Irish poet, dramatist and novelist
(1728 - 1774)
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Gay, sprightly, land of mirth and social ease
  Pleased with thyself, whom all the world can please.
      - The Traveller (l. 241), said of France
        [France]

Impell'd with steps unceasing to pursue
  Some fleeting good, that mocks me with the view,
    That, like the circle bounding earth and skies,
      Allures from far, yet, as I follow, flies.
      - The Traveller (l. 25) [Goodness]

Alike all ages: dames of ancient days
  Have led their children through the mirthful maze,
    And the gay grandsire, skill'd in gestic lore,
      Has frisk'd beneath the burden of threescore.
      - The Traveller (l. 251) [Age : Dancing]

Thus idly busy rolls their world away.
      - The Traveller (l. 256) [Idleness]

They please, are pleas'd, they give to get esteem
  Till, seeming blest, they grow to what they seem.
      - The Traveller (l. 266) [Ambition]

Lords of humankind.
      - The Traveller (l. 327) [Man]

Pride in their port, defiance in their eye,
  I see the lords of humankind pass by.
      - The Traveller (l. 327) [Pride]

The land of scholars, and the nurse of arms.
      - The Traveller (l. 356) [England]

For just experience tells, in every soil,
  That those who think must govern those that toil.
      - The Traveller (l. 372) [Government]

Those who think must govern those that toil.
      - The Traveller (l. 372) [Thought]

Laws grind the poor, and rich men rule the law.
      - The Traveller (l. 386) [Law]

Beheld the duteous son, the sire decayed,
  The modest matron, and the blushing maid,
    Forc'd from their homes, a melancholy train,
      To traverse climes beyond the Western main.
      - The Traveller (l. 407) [Emigration]

These little things are great to little man.
      - The Traveller (l. 42) [Trifles]

Vain, very vain, my weary search to find
  That bliss which only centers in the mind.
      - The Traveller (l. 423) [Mind]

How small of all that human hearts endure,
  That part which laws or kings can cause or cure!
    Still to ourselves in every place consigned,
      Our own felicity we make or find.
        With secret course, which no loud storms annoy,
          Glides the smooth current of domestic joy.
      - The Traveller (l. 429) [Home]

Still to ourselves in every place consign'd
  Our own felicity to make or find.
      - The Traveller (l. 431) [Happiness]

Creation's heir, the world, the world is mine!
      - The Traveller (l. 50) [World]

Who can direct, when all pretend to know?
      - The Traveller (l. 64) [Knowledge]

Where'er I roam, whatever realms to see,
  My heart untravelled, fondly turns to thee;
    Still to my brother turns, with ceaseless pain,
      And drags at each remove a lengthening chain.
      - The Traveller (l. 7) [Absence : Memory]

Such is the patriot's boast, where'er we roam,
  His first best country ever is at home.
      - The Traveller (l. 73) [Patriotism]

Where wealth and freedom reign, contentment fails,
  And honour sinks where commerce long prevails.
      - The Traveller (l. 91) [Contentment]

I . . . chose my wife, as she did her wedding gown, not for a fine glossy surface, but such qualities as would wear well.
      - The Vicar of Wakefield (ch. 1) [Matrimony]

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?
      - Vicar of Wakefield [Women]

Handsome is that handsome does.
      - Vicar of Wakefield (ch. I),
        also see Henry Fielding
        [Appearance : Beauty]

We sometimes had those little rubs which Providence sends to enhance the value of its favours.
      - Vicar of Wakefield (ch. I) [Providence]


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