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Man wants but little here below, Nor wants that little long.
—  Oliver Goldsmith
The true use of speech is not so much to express our wants as to conceal them.
—  Oliver Goldsmith
Both wit and understanding are trifles without integrity. The ignorant peasant without fault is greater than the philosopher with many. What is genius or courage without a heart?
—  Oliver Goldsmith
He who seeks for applause only from without has all his happiness in another's keeping.
—  Oliver Goldsmith
We seldom speak of the virtue which we have, but much oftener of that which we lack.
—  Oliver Goldsmith
If frugality were established in the state, if our expenses were laid out rather in the necessaries than the superfluities of life, there might be fewer wants, and even fewer pleasures, but infinitely more happiness.
—  Oliver Goldsmith
As for disappointing them I should not so much mind; but I can't abide to disappoint myself.
—  Oliver Goldsmith
Absence, like death, sets a seal on the image of those we love: we cannot realize the intervening changes which time may have effected.
—  Oliver Goldsmith
I love everything that's old: old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine.
—  Oliver Goldsmith
This same philosophy is a good horse in the stable, but an arrant jade on a journey.
—  Oliver Goldsmith
There is no arguing with him, for if his pistol misses fire, he knockes you down with the butt end of it.
—  Oliver Goldsmith
Don't let us make imaginary evils, when you know we have so many real ones to encounter.
—  Oliver Goldsmith
Like the bee, we should make our industry our amusement.
—  Oliver Goldsmith
The best-humour'd man, with the worst-humour'd Muse.
—  Oliver Goldsmith
We sometimes had those little rubs which Providence sends to enhance the value of its favours.
—  Oliver Goldsmith
All his faults are such that one loves him still the better for them.
—  Oliver Goldsmith
The genteel thing is the genteel thing any time, if as be that a gentleman bees in a concatenation accordingly.
—  Oliver Goldsmith
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
—  Oliver Goldsmith
Conscience is a coward, and those faults it has not strength enough to prevent it seldom has justice enough to accuse.
—  Oliver Goldsmith
The premises being thus settled, I proceed to observe that the concatenation of self-existence, proceeding in a reciprocal duplicate ratio, naturally produces a problematical dialogism, which in some measure proves that the essence of spirituality may be referred to the second predicable.
—  Oliver Goldsmith

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