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