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Oliver Goldsmith

Születési dátum: 10. november 1728
Halál dátuma: 4. április 1774

Oliver Goldsmith angol-ír költő, író és orvos. Ismertebb műve "A wakefieldi lelkész" című családregénye , és az "Elhagyatott falu" című pásztoréneke, melyet elhunyt testvére emlékére írt. Wikipedia

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Idézetek Oliver Goldsmith

„For he who 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

The Art of Poetry on a New Plan (1761), vol. ii. p. 147.
The saying "he who fights and runs away may live to fight another day" dates at least as far back as Menander (ca. 341–290 B.C.), Gnomai Monostichoi, aphorism #45: ἀνήρ ὁ ϕɛύγων καὶ ράλίν μαχήɛṯαί (a man who flees will fight again). The Attic Nights (book 17, ch. 21) of Aulus Gellius (ca. 125–180 A.D.) indicates it was already widespread in the second century: "...the orator Demosthenes sought safety in flight from the battlefield, and when he was bitterly taunted with his flight, he jestingly replied in the well-known verse: The man who runs away will fight again".

Citát „Silence gives consent.“

„Silence gives consent.“

—  Oliver Goldsmith

Act II.
The Good-Natured Man (1768)

„O Memory! thou fond deceiver.“

—  Oliver Goldsmith

Act I.
The Captivity, An Oratorio (1764)

„Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.“

—  Oliver Goldsmith

Változat: Our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Forrás: The Citizen of the World, Or, Letters from a Chinese Philosopher, Residing in London, to His Friends in the Country, by Dr. Goldsmith

„Ask me no questions, and I'll tell you no fibs.“

—  Oliver Goldsmith, She Stoops to Conquer

She Stoops to Conquer
She Stoops to Conquer (1771), Act III
Változat: Ask me no questions, and I'll tell you no lies.

„I love everything that's old: old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wines.“

—  Oliver Goldsmith, könyv The Vicar of Wakefield

She Stoops to Conquer (1771), Act I
Forrás: The Vicar of Wakefield

„The first time I read an excellent book, it is to me just as if I had gained a new friend. When I read a book over I have perused before, it resembles the meeting with an old one.“

—  Oliver Goldsmith

Forrás: The Citizen of the World, Or, Letters from a Chinese Philosopher, Residing in London, to His Friends in the Country, by Dr. Goldsmith

„Luke's iron crown, and Damien's bed of steel.“

—  Oliver Goldsmith

Forrás: The Traveller (1764), Line 436.

„The best-humour'd man, with the worst-humour'd Muse.“

—  Oliver Goldsmith

Postscript.
Retaliation (1774)

„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, könyv The Vicar of Wakefield

Forrás: The Vicar of Wakefield (1766), Ch. 29, Song, st. 1.

„To what fortuitous occurrence do we not owe every pleasure and convenience of our lives.“

—  Oliver Goldsmith, könyv The Vicar of Wakefield

Forrás: The Vicar of Wakefield (1766), Ch. 21.

„[To Mr. Johnson] If you were to make little fishes talk, they would talk like whales.“

—  Oliver Goldsmith

From James Boswell's Life of Johnson (1791), April 27, 1773.

„That strain once more; it bids remembrance rise.“

—  Oliver Goldsmith

Act I.
The Captivity, An Oratorio (1764)

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