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.