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OLIVER GOLDSMITH
Irish poet, dramatist and novelist
(1728 - 1774)
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Taste is the power of relishing or rejecting whatever is offered for the entertainment of the imagination.
      - [Taste]

Teach erring man to spurn the rage of gain.
      - [Teaching]

Tenderness is a virtue.
      - [Tenderness]

Tenderness, without a capacity of relieving, only makes the man who feels it more wretched than the object which sues for assistance.
      - [Tenderness]

That virtue which requires to be ever guarded is scarce worth the sentinel.
      - [Virtue]

The bounds of a man's knowledge are easily concealed, if he has but prudence.
      - [Cunning]

The dancing pair, that simply sought renown,
  By holding out, to tire each other down.
      - [Dancing]

The English laws punish vice; the Chinese laws do more, they reward virtue.
      - [Law]

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.
      - [Fortune]

The first fault is the child of simplicity, but every other the offspring of guilt.
      - [Faults]

The folly of others is ever most ridiculous to those who are themselves most foolish.
      - [Folly]

The fortunate circumstances of our lives are generally found at last to be of our own producing.
      - [Fortune]

The hours we pass with happy prospects in view are more pleasing than those crowned with fruition. In the first instance, we cook the dish to our own appetite; in the latter, Nature cooks it for us.
      - [Anticipation]

The ingratitude of the world can never deprive us of the conscious happiness of having acted with humanity ourselves.
      - [Humanity]

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.
      - [Authorship]

The loud laugh that spoke the vacant mind.
      - [Laughter]

The modest virgin, the prudent wife, or the careful matron, are much more serviceable in life, than petticoated philosophers, blustering heroines, or virago queens. She who makes her husband and her children happy, who reclaims the one from vice, and trains up the other to virtue, is a much greater character than ladies described in romance, whose whole occupation is to murder mankind with shafts from their quiver or their eyes.
      - [Women]

The more various our artificial necessities, the wider is our circle of pleasure; for all pleasure consists in obviating necessities as they rise; luxury, therefore, as it increases our wants, increases our capacity for happiness.
      - [Luxury]

The person whose clothes are extremely fine I am too apt to consider as not being possessed of any superiority of fortune, but resembling those Indians who are found to wear all the gold they have in the world in a bob at the nose.
      - [Dress]

The polite of every country seem to have but one character. A gentleman of Sweden differs but little, except in trifles, from one of any other country. It is among the vulgar we are to find those distinctions which characterize a people.
      - [Politeness]

The soul may be compared to a field of battle, where the armies are ready every moment to encounter. Not a single vice but has a more powerful opponent, and not one virtue but may be overborne by a combination of vices.
      - [Soul]

The sports of children satisfy the child.
      - [Children]

The unaffected of every country nearly resemble each other, and a page of our Confucius and your Tillotson have scarce any material difference. Paltry affectation, strained allusions, and disgusting finery are easily attained by those who choose to wear them; they are but too frequently the badges of ignorance or of stupidity, whenever it would endeavor to please.
      - [Style]

The virtue which requires to be ever guarded is scarcely worth the sentinel.
      - [Virtue]

The volumes of antiquity, like medals, may very well serve to amuse the curious, but the works of the moderns, like the current coin of a kingdom, are much better for immediate use.
      - [Antiquity]


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