1782, Oliver Goldsmith, Modern Politics

Oliver Goldsmith died in 1782 and yet his writings are still remarkably descriptive of modern politics and life!

Such dainties to them, their health it might hurt;
It’s like sending them ruffles, when wanting a shirt

If you were to make little fishes talk, they would talk like whales.

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

As writers become more numerous, it is natural for readers to become more indolent

These little things are great to little man.

Where wealth and freedom reign contentment fails,
And honor sinks where commerce long prevails

They please, are pleased, they give to get esteem,
Till, seeming blest, they grow to what they seem

Laws grind the poor, and rich men rule the law.

Handsome is that handsome does

That virtue which requires to be ever guarded is scarce worth the sentinel

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

Truth from his lips prevailed with double sway,
And fools, who came to scoff, remained to pray

The first blow is half the battle

His conduct still right, with his argument wrong.

He cast off his friends as a huntsman his pack,
For he knew when he pleased he could whistle them back.



About safrisri

I was a school teacher until retirement. I have taught at all educational levels from pre-school to college. My college degree is general science which I arrived at after 5 years and 5 different majors. A degree as it turns out, almost as valuable and in demand as one in Neo-Bulgarian Mythology. I have been around education for around 40 years and can remember when teaching was a pleasant, happy and creative job and our schools were the same. Now I'm the guy sitting on the porch with an opinion on everything.
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