Zitat des Tages von Oliver Goldsmith:
All that a husband or wife really wants is to be pitied a little, praised a little, and appreciated a little.
Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall.
Girls like to be played with, and rumpled a little too, sometimes.
Honour sinks where commerce long prevails.
The hours we pass with happy prospects in view are more pleasing than those crowded with fruition.
Let schoolmasters puzzle their brain, With grammar, and nonsense, and learning, Good liquor, I stoutly maintain, Gives genius a better discerning.
Every absurdity has a champion to defend it.
Hope is such a bait, it covers any hook.
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.
Be not affronted at a joke. If one throw salt at thee, thou wilt receive no harm, unless thou art raw.
The company of fools may first make us smile, but in the end we always feel melancholy.
Law grinds the poor, and rich men rule the law.
If you were to make little fishes talk, they would talk like whales.
Friendship is a disinterested commerce between equals; love, an abject intercourse between tyrants and slaves.
I was ever of the opinion, that the honest man who married and brought up a large family, did more service than he who continued single, and only talked of population.
On the stage he was natural, simple, affecting, 'Twas only when he was off, he was acting.
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.
Tenderness is a virtue.
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?
The best way to make your audience laugh is to start laughing yourself.
Life is a journey that must be traveled no matter how bad the roads and accommodations.
I love everything that's old, - old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine.
There are some faults so nearly allied to excellence that we can scarce weed out the vice without eradicating the virtue.
Modesty seldom resides in a breast that is not enriched with nobler virtues.
I chose my wife, as she did her wedding gown, for qualities that would wear well.
Conscience is a coward, and those faults it has not strength enough to prevent it seldom has justice enough to accuse.
The jests of the rich are ever successful.
They say women and music should never be dated.
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
Man wants but little here below, nor wants that little long.
Where wealth accumulates, men decay.
With disadvantages enough to bring him to humility, a Scotsman is one of the proudest things alive.
Ceremonies are different in every country, but true politeness is everywhere the same.
Surely the best way to meet the enemy is head on in the field and not wait till they plunder our very homes.