Oliver Goldsmith Quotes (373 quotes)
“There are some faults so nearly allied to excellence that we can scarce weed out the vice without eradicating the virtue.”
Miscellaneous works of Oliver Goldsmith: with a new life of the author (1833 edition)
Goldsmith's miscellaneous works (1841 edition)
The poetical works of Dr. Oliver Goldsmith: containing his Deserted village, Traveller, Hermit, Retaliation ... etc. etc., to which is prefixed the life of the author (1802 edition)
“A nightcap decked his brows instead of bay,
A cap by night — a stocking all the day!”
Description of an Author's Bedchamber (1760).
“Such dainties to them, their health it might hurt;
It's like sending them ruffles, when wanting a shirt.”
The Haunch of Venison (1776).
“There is no arguing with Johnson: for if his pistol misses fire, he knocks you down with the butt end of it.”
From James Boswell's Life of Johnson (1791), October 26, 1769.
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsOliver Goldsmith
Born: November 10, 1730
Died: April 4, 1774 (aged 43)
Occupation: Poet, author, playwright, busker
Bio: Oliver Goldsmith was an Anglo-Irish writer and poet, who is best known for his novel The Vicar of Wakefield, his pastoral poem The Deserted Village, and his plays The Good-Natur'd Man and She Stoops to Conquer. He also wrote An History of the Earth and Animated Nature.