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Oliver Goldsmith
1728 - 1774

Irish poet, dramatist and essayist, author of The Vicar of Wakefield (1766), An Enquiry into the Present State of Polite Learning in Europe, the play She Stoops to Conquer (1773), and other works

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.

1761 - from The Art of Poetry on a New Plan, see also John Ray