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Jonathan Swift Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by Jonathan Swift

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May you live all the days of your life.
- Jonathan Swift

Related topics: Wisdom

He was a bold man that first eat an oyster.
- Jonathan Swift

A wise man should have money in his head,
but not in his heart.
- Jonathan Swift

Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches
as to conceive how others can be in want.
- Jonathan Swift

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For in reason, all government without the consent of
the governed is the very definition of slavery.
- Jonathan Swift

Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.
- Jonathan Swift

It is useless for us to attempt to reason a man
out of a thing he has never been reasoned into.
- Jonathan Swift


 

Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies,
but let wasps and hornets break through.
- Jonathan Swift

Interest is the spur of the people, but glory that of great souls.
Invention is the talent of youth, and judgment of age.
- Jonathan Swift

A lie does not consist in the indirect position of words,
but in the desire and intention, by false speaking,
to deceive and injure your neighbour.
- Jonathan Swift

We have enough religion to make us hate,
but not enough to make us love one another.
- Jonathan Swift

It is the folly of too many to mistake the echo of
a London coffee-house for the voice of the kingdom.
- Jonathan Swift

The latter part of a wise person's life is occupied with curing the follies,
prejudices and false opinions they contracted earlier.
- Jonathan Swift

Power is no blessing in itself, except when it is used to protect the innocent.
- Jonathan Swift

There is nothing constant in this world but inconsistency.
- Jonathan Swift

Books, the children of the brain.
- Jonathan Swift

Men are happy to be laughed at for their humor,
but not for their folly.
- Jonathan Swift

The power of fortune is confessed only by the miserable,
for the happy impute all their success to prudence or merit.
- Jonathan Swift

A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong,
which is but saying...
that he is wiser today than yesterday.
- Jonathan Swift

My nose itched, and I knew I should drink wine or kiss a fool.
- Jonathan Swift

Observation is an old man's memory.
- Jonathan Swift

There are few, very few, that will own themselves in a mistake.
- Jonathan Swift

The proper words in the proper places are the true definition of style.
- Jonathan Swift

Don't set your wit against a child.
- Jonathan Swift

Most sorts of diversion in men, children and other animals,
are in imitation of fighting.
- Jonathan Swift

I wonder what fool it was that first invented kissing.
- Jonathan Swift

Poor nations are hungry, and rich nations are proud;
and pride and hunger will ever be at variance.
- Jonathan Swift

Better belly burst than good liquor be lost.
- Jonathan Swift

Promises and pie-crust are made to be broken.
- Jonathan Swift

As blushing will sometimes make a whore pass for a virtuous woman,
so modesty may make a fool seem a man of sense.
- Jonathan Swift

Politics, as the word is commonly understood,
are nothing but corruptions.
- Jonathan Swift

Where I am not understood, it shall be concluded that
something very useful and profound is couched underneath.
- Jonathan Swift

It is impossible that anything so natural,
so necessary, and so universal as death,
should ever have been designed by providence as an evil to mankind.
- Jonathan Swift

Nothing is so great an example of bad manners as flattery.
If you flatter all the company, you please none;
If you flatter only one or two,
you offend the rest.
- Jonathan Swift

When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign:
that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him.
- Jonathan Swift

No wise man ever wished to be younger.
- Jonathan Swift

Positiveness is a good quality for preachers and speakers because,
whoever shares his thoughts with the public will convince
them as he himself appears convinced.
- Jonathan Swift

Human brutes, like other beasts, find snares and poison
in the provision of life,
and are allured by their appetites to their destruction.
- Jonathan Swift

The want of belief is a defect that ought to be concealed
when it cannot be overcome.
- Jonathan Swift

I never knew a man come to greatness or eminence who
lay abed late in the morning.
- Jonathan Swift

The best doctors in the world are Doctor Diet,
Doctor Quiet, and Doctor Merryman.
- Jonathan Swift

A wise person should have money in their head,
but not in their heart.
- Jonathan Swift

The stoical scheme of supplying our wants by lopping off our desires,
is like cutting off our feet when we want shoes.
- Jonathan Swift

Once kick the world, and the world and you will live
together at a reasonably good understanding.
- Jonathan Swift

Principally I hate and detest that animal called man;
although I heartily love John,
Peter, Thomas, and so forth.
- Jonathan Swift

Every dog must have his day.
- Jonathan Swift

No man was ever so completely skilled in the conduct of life,
as not to receive new information from age and experience.
- Jonathan Swift

Every man desires to live long, but no man wishes to be old.
- Jonathan Swift

If Heaven had looked upon riches to be a valuable thing,
it would not have given them to such a scoundrel.
- Jonathan Swift

Vanity is a mark of humility rather than of pride.
- Jonathan Swift

Under this window in stormy weather I marry this man and woman together;
Let none but Him who rules the thunder Put this man and woman asunder.
- Jonathan Swift

There were many times my pants were so thin I could
sit on a dime and tell if it was heads or tails.
- Jonathan Swift

As love without esteem is capricious and volatile;
esteem without love is languid and cold.
- Jonathan Swift

Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally
discover everybody's face but their own.
- Jonathan Swift

Words are but wind; and learning is nothing but words;
ergo,
learning is nothing but wind.
- Jonathan Swift

It is in men as in soils where sometimes there is a
vein of gold which the owner knows not.
- Jonathan Swift

Good manners is the art of making those people easy with whom we converse.
Whoever makes the fewest people uneasy is the best bred in the room.
- Jonathan Swift

We are so fond on one another because our ailments are the same.
- Jonathan Swift

Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent.
- Jonathan Swift

Where there are large powers with little ambition...
nature may be said to have fallen short of her purposes.
- Jonathan Swift

Invention is the talent of youth, as judgment is of age.
- Jonathan Swift

One enemy can do more hurt than ten friends can do good.
- Jonathan Swift

What they do in heaven we are ignorant of;
what they do not do we are told expressly.
- Jonathan Swift

I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed.
- Jonathan Swift

A tavern is a place where madness is sold by the bottle.
- Jonathan Swift

He was a fiddler, and consequently a rogue.
- Jonathan Swift

Although men are accused of not knowing their own weakness,
yet perhaps few know their own strength.
It is in men as in soils, where sometimes there is
a vein of gold which the owner knows not of.
- Jonathan Swift

I never saw, heard, nor read, that the clergy were
beloved in any nation where Christianity was the religion of the country.
Nothing can render them popular, but some degree of persecution.
- Jonathan Swift

It is a maxim among these lawyers, that whatever hath been done before,
may legally be done again: and therefore they take
special care to record all the decisions formerly made
against common justice and the general reason of mankind.
- Jonathan Swift

Whatever you do, do with kindness.
Whatever you say, say with kindness.
Wherever you go, radiate kindness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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