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The Vicar of Wakefield The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith
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“I love everything that is old; old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wines.”
Oliver Goldsmith, The Vicar of Wakefield
“I armed her against the censure of the world, showed her that books were sweet unreproaching companions to the miserable, and that if they could not bring us to enjoy life, they would at least teach us to endure it.”
Oliver Goldsmith, The Vicar of Wakefield
“Conscience is a coward, and those faults it has not strength enough to prevent it seldom has justice enough to accuse.”
Oliver Goldsmith, The Vicar of Wakefield
“law grinds the poor, rich men rule the law”
Oliver Goldsmith, The Vicar of Wakefield
“As the reputation of books is raised not by their freedom from defect, but the greatness of their beauties, so should that of men be prized not for their exemption from fault, but the size of those virtues they are possessed of.”
Oliver Goldsmith, The Vicar of Wakefield
“…The more enormous our wealth, the more extensive our fears, all our possessions are paled up with new edicts every day, and hung round with gibbets to scare every invader.”
Oliver Goldsmith, The Vicar of Wakefield
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“The nakedness of the indignant world may be cloathed from the trimmings of the vain.”
Oliver Goldsmith, The Vicar of Wakefield
“What we place most hopes upon, generally proves most fatal.”
Oliver Goldsmith, The Vicar of Wakefield
“I have known many of those pretended champions for liberty in my time, yet do I not remember one that was not in his heart and in his family a tyrant.”
Oliver Goldsmith, The Vicar of Wakefield
“The beast retires to it's shelter, and the bird flies to it's nest; but the helpless man can only find refuge in his fellow creature.”
Oliver Goldsmith, The Vicar of Wakefield
“At this he laughed, and so did we: the jests of the rich are ever successful.”
Oliver Goldsmith, The Vicar of Wakefield
“That virtue which requires to be ever guarded is scarce worth the sentinel.”
Oliver Goldsmith, The Vicar of Wakefield
“My friends, my children, and fellow sufferers, when I reflect on the
distribution of good and evil here below, I find that much has been
given man to enjoy, yet still more to suffer. Though we should examine
the whole world, we shall not find one man so happy as to have nothing
left to wish for; but we daily see thousands who by suicide shew us they
have nothing left to hope. In this life then it appears that we cannot
be entirely blest; but yet we may be completely miserable!”
Oliver Goldsmith, The Vicar of Wakefield
“We are not to judge of the feelings of others by what we might feel if in their place. However dark the habitation of the mole to our eyes, yet the animal itself finds the apartment sufficiently lightsome.”
Oliver Goldsmith, The Vicar of Wakefield
“Premature consolation is but the remembrancer of sorrow.”
Oliver Goldsmith, The Vicar of Wakefield

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