Oliver Goldsmith Quotes

People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy.

Error is always talkative.

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


If we do not find happiness in the present moment, in what shall we find it?

Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall.

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

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

Laws grind the poor, and rich men rule the law.

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

Don’t let us make imaginary evils, when you know we have so many real ones to encounter.


It has been well observed that few are better qualified to give others advice than those who have taken the least of it themselves.


A boy will learn more true wisdom in a public school in a year than by a private education in five. It is not from masters, but from their equals, that youth learn a knowledge of the world.

Wealth accumulates, and men decay.

There is nothing magnanimous in bearing misfortunes with fortitude, when the whole world is looking on…. He who, without friends to encourage or even without hope to alleviate his misfortunes, can behave with tranquility and indifference, is truly great.

True wisdom consists of tracing effects to their causes.

Fortune is ever seen accompanying industry.

As ten millions of circles can never make a square, so the united voice of myriads cannot lend the smallest foundation to falsehood.

The first blow is half the battle.


An Englishman fears contempt more than death.

Villainy, when detected, never gives up, but boldly adds impudence to imposture.


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.

Ask me no questions, and I’ll tell you no lies.

No one but a fool would measure their satisfaction by what the world thinks of it.

Ridicule has always been the enemy of enthusiasm, and the only worthy opponent to ridicule is success.

Silence gives consent.