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People seek within a short span of life to satisfy a thousand desires, each of which is insatiable. Oliver Goldsmith

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The doctor found, when she was dead, her last disorder mortal. Oliver Goldsmith

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A modest woman, dressed out in all her finery, is the most tremendous object of the whole creation. Oliver Goldsmith

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For he that fights and runs away, may live to fight another day, but he, who is in battle slain, can never rise and fight again. Oliver Goldsmith

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Thou source of all my bliss and all my woe, that found me poor at first, and keep me so. Oliver Goldsmith

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Friendship is a disinterested commerce between equals; love, an abject intercourse between tyrants and slaves. Oliver Goldsmith

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In all the silent manliness of grief. Oliver Goldsmith

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Some faults are so closely allied to qualities that it is difficult to weed out the vice without eradicating the virtue. Oliver Goldsmith

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When any one of our relations was found to be a person of a very bad character, a troublesome guest, or one we desired to get rid of, upon his leaving my house I ever took care to lend him a riding-coat, or a pair of boots, or sometimes a horse of small value, and I always had the satisfaction of finding he never came back to return them. Oliver Goldsmith

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

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Girls like to be played with, and rumpled a little too, sometimes. Oliver Goldsmith

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If frugality were established in the state, and if our expenses were laid out to meet needs rather than superfluities of life, there might be fewer wants, and even fewer pleasures, but infinitely more happiness. Oliver Goldsmith

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Law grinds the poor, and rich men rule the law. Oliver Goldsmith

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

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There are some faults so nearly allied to excellence that we can scarce weed out the vice without eradicating the virtue. Oliver Goldsmith

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To aim at excellence, our reputation, and friends, and all must be ventured; to aim at the average we run no risk and provide little service. Oliver Goldsmith

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And still they gazed, and still the wonder grew, that one small head could carry all he knew. Oliver Goldsmith

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Fortune is ever seen accompanying industry. Oliver Goldsmith

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But in his duty prompt at every call, he watched and wept, he prayed and felt for all. Oliver Goldsmith

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Fear guides more than gratitude. Oliver Goldsmith

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The company of fools may first make us smile, but in the end we always feel melancholy. Oliver Goldsmith

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Whenever you see a gaming table be sure to know fortune is not there. Rather she is always in the company of industry. Oliver Goldsmith

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A traveler of taste will notice that the wise are polite all over the world, but the fool only at home. Oliver Goldsmith

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Pity and friendship are two passions incompatible with each other. Oliver Goldsmith

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There is no arguing with him, for if his pistol misses fire, he knocks you down with the butt end of it. Oliver Goldsmith

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

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Take a dollar from a thousand and it will be a thousand no more. Oliver Goldsmith

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The English laws punish vice; the Chinese laws do more, they reward virtue. Oliver Goldsmith

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The best way to make your audience laugh is to start laughing yourself. Oliver Goldsmith

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I can't say whether we had more wit among us now than usual, but I am certain we had more laughing, which answered the end as well. Oliver Goldsmith

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The hours that we pass with happy prospects in view are more pleasing than those crowned with success. Oliver Goldsmith

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The ambitious are forever followed by adulation for they receive the most pleasure from flattery. Oliver Goldsmith

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

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When lovely woman stoops to folly, and finds too late that men betray, what charm can soothe her melancholy, what art can wash her guilt away? Oliver Goldsmith

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As writers become more numerous, it is natural for readers to become more indolent; whence must necessarily arise a desire of attaining knowledge with the greatest possible ease. Oliver Goldsmith

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The life of man is a journey; a journey that must be traveled, however bad the roads or the accommodation. Oliver Goldsmith

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There is nothing so absurd or ridiculous that has not at some time been said by some philosopher. Fontenelle says he would undertake to persuade the whole public of readers to believe that the sun was neither the cause of light or heat, if he could only get six philosophers on his side. Oliver Goldsmith

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Like the bee, we should make our industry our amusement. Oliver Goldsmith

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I do not love a man who is zealous for nothing. Oliver Goldsmith

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Life at the greatest and best is but a froward child, that must be humored and coaxed a little till it falls asleep, and then all the care is over. Oliver Goldsmith

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Unequal combinations are always disadvantageous to the weaker side. Oliver Goldsmith

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Who can direct when all pretend to know? Oliver Goldsmith

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You, that are going to be married, think things can never be done too fast: but we that are old, and know what we are about, must elope methodically, madam. Oliver Goldsmith

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Our chief comforts often produce our greatest anxieties, and the increase in our possessions is but an inlet to new disquietudes. Oliver Goldsmith

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Good counsel rejected returns to enrich the givers bosom. Oliver Goldsmith

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The heart of every man lies open to the shafts of correction if the archer can take proper aim. Oliver Goldsmith

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

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Romance and novel paint beauty in colors more charming than nature, and describe a happiness that humans never taste. How deceptive and destructive are those pictures of consummate bliss! Oliver Goldsmith

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I have known a German Prince with more titles than subjects, and a Spanish nobleman with more names than shirts. Oliver Goldsmith

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The malicious sneer is improperly called laughter. Oliver Goldsmith