Oliver Goldsmith Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Oliver Goldsmith quotes, Oliver Goldsmith sayings, and Oliver Goldsmith proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Fortune is ever seen accompanying industry. Oliver Goldsmith
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips. Oliver Goldsmith
A man who leaves home to mend himself and others is a philosopher; but he who goes from country to country, guided by the blind impulse of curiosity, is a vagabond. Oliver Goldsmith
Laws grind the poor, and rich men rule the law. Oliver Goldsmith
I chose my wife, as she did her wedding gown…not for a fine glossy surface, but such qualities as would wear well. Oliver Goldsmith
Such is the patriot's boast, where'er we roam, his first, best country ever is, at home. Oliver Goldsmith
I love everything that is old; old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wines. Oliver Goldsmith
People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy. Oliver Goldsmith
Modesty seldom resides in a breast that is not enriched with nobler virtues. Oliver Goldsmith
A modest woman, dressed out in all her finery, is the most tremendous object of the whole creation. 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
Pity and friendship are two passions incompatible with each other. Oliver Goldsmith
Our greatest glory consist not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. Oliver Goldsmith
Surely the best way to meet the enemy is head on in the field and not wait till they plunder our very homes. Oliver Goldsmith
To make a fine gentleman, several trades are required, but chiefly a barber. Oliver Goldsmith
To what fortuitous occurrence do we not owe every pleasure and convenience of our lives. Oliver Goldsmith
Where wealth accumulates, men decay. Oliver Goldsmith
Novels teach the youthful mind to sigh after happiness that never existed. Oliver Goldsmith
Ceremonies are different in every country, but true politeness is everywhere the same. Oliver Goldsmith
Premature consolation is but the remembrancer of sorrow. Oliver Goldsmith
Ceremonies are different in every country, but true politeness is everywhere the same. Oliver Goldsmith
Novels teach the youthful mind to sigh after happiness that never existed. Oliver Goldsmith
Persecution is a tribute the great must always pay for preeminence. Oliver Goldsmith
The nakedness of the indigent world may be clothed from the trimmings of the vain. Oliver Goldsmith
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips. Oliver Goldsmith
As for murmurs, mother, we grumble a little now and then, to be sure; but there's no love lost between us. Oliver Goldsmith
The hours we pass with happy prospects in view are more pleasing than those crowded with fruition. Oliver Goldsmith
The wretch condemn'd with life to part, Still, still on hope relies; And every pang that rends the heart Bids expectation rise. Oliver Goldsmith
I was ever of the opinion, that the honest man who married and brought up a large family, did more service than he who continued single, and only talked of population. 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