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Oliver Goldsmith
(10 Nov 1730 - 4 Apr 1774)

Irish-English writer and playwright whose literary works include the novel The Vicar of Wakefield (1766) and the play She Stoops to Conquer (1773). His eight volumes of A History of the Earth and Animated Nature (1774) was not a work of scholarship, but used natural history information from others, which he rewrote as popular science reading. The series was reprinted in over twenty editions for decades after his death.

Science Quotes by Oliver Goldsmith (11 quotes)

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Oliver Goldsmith quote: A volcano may be considered as a cannon of immense size.
Eruption of Sarychev volcano, Matua Island, Russia, seen from International Space Station (12 Jul 2009) (source)
A volcano may be considered as a cannon of immense size.
— Oliver Goldsmith
In A History of the Earth and Animated Nature (New ed. 1805), Vol. 1, 77.
Science quotes on:  |  Cannon (3)  |  Immense (28)  |  Size (47)  |  Volcano (36)

All the sciences are, in some measure, linked with each other, and before the one is ended, the other begins.
— Oliver Goldsmith
In History of the Earth and Animated Nature (1774, 1847), Vol. 1, 65.
Science quotes on:  |  Beginning (114)  |  End (141)  |  Link (29)  |  Science (1699)

And still they gazed and still the wonder grew,
That one small head could carry all he knew.
— Oliver Goldsmith
The Deserted Village: A Poem (1809), 11.
Science quotes on:  |  Brain (181)  |  Gaze (12)  |  Head (52)  |  Knowledge (1128)  |  Wonder (134)

As few subjects are more interesting to society, so few have been more frequently written upon than the education of youth.
— Oliver Goldsmith
Essay No. VI, 'On Education', first published in The Bee (10 Nov 1759), collected in The Works of Oliver Goldsmith (1900), Vol. 5, 95. Reprinted as Essay VII under the title 'On the Education of Youth', (1765). The Bee was a weekly paper wholly the work of Goldsmith.
Science quotes on:  |  Education (280)  |  Frequently (13)  |  Interesting (38)  |  Subject (129)  |  Writing (72)  |  Youth (57)

If we look round the world, there seem to be not above six distinct varieties in the human species, each of which is strongly marked, and speaks the kind seldom to have mixed with any other. But there is nothing in the shape, nothing in the faculties, that shows their coming from different originals; and the varieties of climate, of nourishment, and custom, are sufficient to produce every change.
— Oliver Goldsmith
In History of the Earth and Animated Nature (1774, 1812), Vol. 2, 154.
Science quotes on:  |  Anthropology (51)  |  Change (291)  |  Climate (38)  |  Evolution (482)  |  Human (445)  |  Nourishment (16)  |  Origin (77)  |  Species (181)  |  Variety (53)  |  World (667)

Logicians have but ill defined
As rational the human mind;
Reason, they say, belongs to man,
But let them prove it if they can.
— Oliver Goldsmith
In 'The Logicians Refuted', The Poems and Plays of Oliver Goldsmith (1818), 58.
Science quotes on:  |  Belong (33)  |  Human (445)  |  Kind (99)  |  Prove (60)  |  Rational (42)  |  Reason (330)  |  Say (126)

The world is like a vast sea: mankind like a vessel sailing on its tempestuous bosom. … [T]he sciences serve us for oars.
— Oliver Goldsmith
From concluding paragraph, 'Letters from a Chinese Philosopher', LXXXIII, first published in journal The Public Ledger collected in The Miscellaneous Works of Oliver Goldsmith (1762, 1809), 41.
Science quotes on:  |  Oar (2)  |  Sail (9)  |  Science (1699)  |  Sea (143)  |  Tempest (6)  |  Vessel (21)  |  World (667)

We may affirm of Mr. Buffon, that which has been said of the chemists of old; though he may have failed in attaining his principal aim, of establishing a theory, yet he has brought together such a multitude of facts relative to the history of the earth, and the nature of its fossil productions, that curiosity finds ample compensation, even while it feels the want of conviction.
— Oliver Goldsmith
In History of the Earth and Animated Nature (1774, 1847), Vol. 1, 73.
Science quotes on:  |  Comte Georges-Louis Leclerc de Buffon (34)  |  Chemist (79)  |  Compensation (6)  |  Conviction (57)  |  Curiosity (89)  |  Fact (609)  |  Fossil (107)  |  Multitude (14)  |  Nature (1029)  |  Theory (582)

Whatever the skill of any country may be in the sciences, it is from its excellence in polite learning alone that it must expect a character from posterity.
— Oliver Goldsmith
Essays, on Miscellaneous Subjects (1818), 198.
Science quotes on:  |  Character (82)  |  Country (121)  |  Excellence (28)  |  Learning (174)  |  Posterity (16)  |  Skill (50)

When we take a slight survey of the surface of our globe a thousand objects offer themselves which, though long known, yet still demand our curiosity.
— Oliver Goldsmith
In History of the Earth and Animated Nature (1774, 1847), Vol. 1, 67.
Science quotes on:  |  Curiosity (89)  |  Demand (52)  |  Globe (39)  |  Surface (74)  |  Survey (14)  |  Thousand (106)

Oliver Goldsmith quote: [T]here are depths of thousands of miles which are hidden from our inquiry. The only tidings we have fro
Volcano Sunset - Mount Shishaldin, Japan (source)
[T]here are depths of thousands of miles which are hidden from our inquiry. The only tidings we have from those unfathomable regions are by means of volcanoes, those burning mountains that seem to discharge their materials from the lowest abysses of the earth.
— Oliver Goldsmith
In History of the Earth and Animated Nature (1774, 1847), Vol. 1, 92.
Science quotes on:  |  Abyss (20)  |  Burning (17)  |  Depth (32)  |  Discharge (7)  |  Earth (487)  |  Hidden (34)  |  Inquiry (33)  |  Mile (24)  |  Mountain (111)  |  Thousand (106)  |  Unfathomable (3)  |  Volcano (36)


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