Oliver Goldsmith Quotes

Where wealth and freedom reign; contentment fails, And honor sinks where commerce long prevails.

The first time I read an excellent work, it is to me just as if I gained a new friend; and when I read over a book I have perused before, it resembles the meeting of an old one.

They liked the book the better the more it made them cry.

There is no arguing with him, for if his pistol misses fire, he knocks you down with the butt end of it.

They say women and music should never be dated.

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

On the stage he was natural, simple, affecting, ‘Twas only when he was off, he was acting.

Our Garrick’s a salad; for in him we see, Oil, vinegar, sugar and saltiness agree.

He who seeks for applause only from without has all his happiness in another’s keeping.

Every absurdity has a champion to defend it.