November 11, 2016

Oliver Goldsmith Quotes

“All that a husband or wife really wants is to be pitied a little, praised a little, and appreciated a little.”

“Ceremonies are different in every country, but true politeness is everywhere the same.”

“For he who fights and runs away May live to fight another day; But he who is in battle slain Can never rise and fight again.”

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

“Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey, Where wealth accumulates, and men decay; Princes and lords may flourish, or may fade; A breath can make them, as a breath has made; But a bold peasantry, their country’s pride, When once destroyed, can never be supplied.”

“In arguing, too, the parson own’d his skill, For even though vanquished he could argue still.”

“Life is a journey that must be traveled no matter how bad the roads and accommodations.”

“O blest retirement! friend to life’s decline — Retreats from care, that never must be mine How blest is he who crowns, in shades like these, A youth of labour with an age of ease!”

“That virtue which requires to be ever guarded is scarce worth the sentinel.”

“The good man suffers but to gain, And every virtue springs from pain; As aromatic plants bestow No spicy fragrance while they grow; But crush’d or trodden to the ground, Diffuse their balmy sweets around.”

“When lovely woman stoops to folly, And finds too late that men betray, What charm can soothe her melancholy? What art can wash her guilt away?”

“You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.”