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They shall knaw a file, and flee unto the mountains of Hepsidam whar the lion roareth and the Wang Doodle mourneth for its first born--ah!

Oliver Goldsmith Topic: Preaching

Pride in their port, defiance in their eye, I see the lords of humankind pass by.

Oliver Goldsmith Topic: Pride

We sometimes had those little rubs which Providence sends to enhance the value of its favours.

Oliver Goldsmith Topic: Providence

In a polite age almost every person becomes a reader, and receives more instruction from the Press than the Pulpit.

Oliver Goldsmith Topic: Reading

The first time I read an excellent book, it is to me just as if I had gained a new friend. When I read a book over I have perused before, it resembles the meeting with an old one.

Oliver Goldsmith Topic: Reading

What cities, as great as this, have . . . promised themselves immortality! Posterity can hardly trace the situation of some. The sorrowful traveller wanders over the awful ruins of others others. . . . Here stood their citadel, but now grown over with weeds; there their senate-house, but now the haunt of every noxious reptile; temples and theatres stood here, now only an undistinguished heap of ruins.

Oliver Goldsmith Topic: Ruin

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

Oliver Goldsmith Topic: Self Improvement

Silence gives consent.

Oliver Goldsmith Topic: Silence

The only art her guilt to cover, To hide her shame from every eye, To give repentance to her lover, And wring his bosom, is--to die.

Oliver Goldsmith Topic: Shame

Nobody with me at sea but myself.

Oliver Goldsmith Topic: Solitude

The true use of speech is not so much to express our wants as to conceal them.

Oliver Goldsmith Topic: Speech

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 Topic: Sports

He watch'd and wept, he pray'd and felt for all.

Oliver Goldsmith Topic: Sympathy

Full well they laughed, with counterfeited glee, At all his jokes, for many a joke had he: Full well the busy whisper, circling round, Convey'd the dismal tidings when he frown'd.

Oliver Goldsmith Topic: Teaching

Tenderness is a virtue.

Oliver Goldsmith Topic: Tenderness

Let observation with observant view, Observe mankind from China to Peru.

Oliver Goldsmith Topic: Traveling

And the weak soul, within itself unbless'd, Leans for all pleasure on another's breast.

Oliver Goldsmith Topic: Weakness

Leans for all pleasure on another's breast.

Oliver Goldsmith Topic: Weakness

I chose my wife, as she did her wedding gown, for qualities that would wear well.

Oliver Goldsmith Topic: Wife

Man wants but little here below, Nor wants that little long.

Oliver Goldsmith Topic: Wishes

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