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OLIVER GOLDSMITH
Irish poet, dramatist and novelist
(1728 - 1774)
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The nakedness of the indigent world may be clothed from the trimmings of the vain.
      - Vicar of Wakefield (ch. IV)
        [Apparel : Poverty]

They would talk of nothing but high life and high-lived company, with other fashionable topics, such as pictures, taste, Shakespeare, and the musical glasses.
      - Vicar of Wakefield (ch. IX) [Conversation]

I find you want me to furnish you with argument and intellects too. No, sir, these, I protest you, are too hard for me.
      - Vicar of Wakefield (ch. VII) [Argument]

"Very well," cried I, "that's a good girl; I find you are perfectly qualified for making converts, and so go help your mother to make the gooseberry bye."
      - Vicar of Wakefield (ch. VII) [Cookery]

Conscience is a coward, and those faults it has not strength to prevent, it seldom has justice enough to accuse.
      - Vicar of Wakefield (ch. XIII) [Conscience]

To what happy accident is it that we owe so unexpected a visit?
      - Vicar of Wakefield (ch. XIX) [Accident]

To what fortuitous occurrence do we not owe every pleasure and convenience of our lives.
      - Vicar of Wakefield (ch. XXI)
        [Circumstance]

Wisdom makes but a slow defence against trouble, though at last a sure one.
      - Vicar of Wakefield (ch. XXI) [Wisdom]

I armed her against the censures of the world; showed her that books were sweet unreproaching companions to the miserable, and that if they could not bring us to enjoy life, they would at least teach us to endure it.
      - Vicar of Wakefield (ch. XXII) [Books]

The only art her guilt to cover,
  To hide her shame from every eye,
    To give repentance to her lover,
      And wring his bosom, is--to die.
      - Vicar of Wakefield (ch. XXIV) [Shame]

As ten millions of circles can never make a square, so the united voice of myriads cannot lend the smallest foundation to falsehood.
      - Vicar of Wakefield (vol. II, ch. VIII)
        [Lying]

Turn, gentle Hermit of the Dale,
  And guide my lonely way
    To where you taper cheers the vale
      With hospitable ray.
      - Vicar of Wakefield--The Hermit (ch. VIII)
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