New for Tuesday


This morning I was searching for an inspirational quote about women.  I came upon this one and thought it was quite nice:

They may talk of a comet, or a burning mountain, or some such bagatelle; but to me a modest woman, dressed out in all her finery, is the most tremendous object of the whole creation. 

~Oliver Goldsmith

I wanted to know more about the author of the quote, Oliver Goldsmith, so I did a search on his name, and came across this:

Irish-born British essayist, poet, novelist, and dramatist. Goldsmith attended Trinity College in Dublin before studying medicine in Edinburgh.

Noted for his exceptionally graceful, lively style, Goldsmith was a friend of many literary lights of his day, who agreed that he was one of the oddest personalities of his time.

And this:

Goldsmith was described by contemporaries as prone to envy, a congenial but impetuous and disorganised personality who once planned to emigrate to America but failed because he missed his ship.

Wow!  What a legacy to leave behind, eh?  He was prone to envy and extremely disorganized!

So, although he had some lovely thoughts about women, his life is not one I intend to emulate!  There are a few of his writings online, and I'm planning to take a look at them in the near future.

I learned something new today about a previously unknown author, Oliver Goldsmith.

Oh, and apparently, there's an entire line of eyeglasses named "Oliver Goldsmith" that date back to the 1950's, and have been worn by famous movie stars.  Who knew!

What new thing did you learn today???

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