Oliver Goldsmith Quotes

Our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

One man is born with a silver spoon in his mouth, and another with a wooden ladle.

Here lies our good Edmund (Burke), whose genius was such We scarcely can praise it, or blame it too much; Who, born for the Universe, narrowed his mind, And to party gave up what was meant for mankind.

Of all kinds of ambition, that which pursues poetical fame is the wildest.

The very pink of perfection.

You will always find that those are most apt to boast of national merit, who have little or not merit of their own to depend on.

Leontine. An only son, sir, might expect more indulgence. Croaker. An only father, sir, might expect more obedience.

I love everything that’s old, – old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine.

The greatest object in the universe, says a certain philosopher, is a good man struggling with adversity; yet there is a still greater, which is the good man that comes to relieve it.

To begin with Ireland, the most western part of the continent, the natives are peculiarly remarkable for their gaiety and levity of their disposition ; the English, transplanted there, in time lose their serious melancholy air, and become gay and thoughtless, more fond of pleasure and less addicted to reasoning.