Quotations by Jonathan Swift

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Born: Wednesday, November 30, 1667
Died: Tuesday, October 19, 1745 (77 years old)
Profession: Writer
Nationality: Irish


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
(Keywords: Lie, Desire, Intention, Words)

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
(Keywords: Man, Saying, Today, Wrong, Yesterday)

A tavern is a place where madness is sold by the bottle.
- Jonathan Swift
(Keywords: Madness)

A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart.
- Jonathan Swift
(Keywords: Money, Heart, Man)

A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart.
- Jonathan Swift
(Keywords: Money, Heart)

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
(Keywords: Men, Strength, Gold, Weakness)

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
(Keywords: Fool, Man, May, Modesty, Sense, Will, Woman)

As love without esteem is capricious and volatile; esteem without love is languid and cold.
- Jonathan Swift
(Keywords: Love)

Better belly burst than good liquor be lost.
- Jonathan Swift
(Keywords: Liquor)

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
- Jonathan Swift
(Keywords: Nothing)

Books, the children of the brain.
- Jonathan Swift
(Keywords: Books, Children)

Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent.
- Jonathan Swift
(Keywords: Being, Censure, Tax, Man, Public)

Don't set your wit against a child.
- Jonathan Swift
(Keywords: Wit)

Every dog must have his day.
- Jonathan Swift
(Keywords: Day)

Every man desires to live long, but no man wishes to be old.
- Jonathan Swift
(Keywords: Man, Old, Wishes)

For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery.
- Jonathan Swift
(Keywords: Government, Reason, Slavery)

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
(Keywords: Art, People, Manners)

He was a bold man that first eat an oyster.
- Jonathan Swift
(Keywords: First, Man)

He was a fiddler, and consequently a rogue.
- 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
(Keywords: Life, Destruction, Poison)

I never knew a man come to greatness or eminence who lay abed late in the morning.
- Jonathan Swift
(Keywords: Greatness, Man)

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
(Keywords: Religion, Christianity, Country, Nation, Nothing, Persecution, Popular)

I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed.
- Jonathan Swift
(Keywords: Men, Wonder)

I wonder what fool it was that first invented kissing.
- Jonathan Swift
(Keywords: First, Fool, Kissing, Wonder)

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

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
(Keywords: Age, Talent, People, Glory, Interest, Invention, Judgment, Youth)

Invention is the talent of youth, as judgment is of age.
- Jonathan Swift
(Keywords: Age, Talent, Invention, Judgment, Youth)

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
(Keywords: Care, Decisions, Justice, Lawyers, Mankind, Maxim, May, Reason)

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
(Keywords: Death, Evil, Mankind, Providence)

It is in men as in soils where sometimes there is a vein of gold which the owner knows not.
- Jonathan Swift
(Keywords: Men, Gold)

It is the folly of too many to mistake the echo of a London coffee-house for the voice of the kingdom.
- Jonathan Swift
(Keywords: Mistake, Coffee, Echo, Folly, London, Voice)

Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.
- Jonathan Swift
(Keywords: Flies, Laws, May)

May you live all the days of your life.
- Jonathan Swift
(Keywords: Life, May)

Men are happy to be laughed at for their humor, but not for their folly.
- Jonathan Swift
(Keywords: Men, Humor, Folly)

Most sorts of diversion in men, children and other animals, are in imitation of fighting.
- Jonathan Swift
(Keywords: Men, Animals, Children, Fighting, Imitation)

My nose itched, and I knew I should drink wine or kiss a fool.
- Jonathan Swift
(Keywords: Kiss, Fool, Wine)

No man was ever so completely skilled in the conduct of life, as not to receive new information from age and experience.
- Jonathan Swift
(Keywords: Age, Experience, Life, Information, Man)

No wise man ever wished to be younger.
- Jonathan Swift
(Keywords: Man)

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
(Keywords: Company, Example, Flattery, Manners, Nothing, Rest)

Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches as to conceive how others can be in want.
- Jonathan Swift
(Keywords: Nothing, Want)

Observation is an old man's memory.
- Jonathan Swift
(Keywords: Man, Memory, Observation, Old)

Once kick the world, and the world and you will live together at a reasonably good understanding.
- Jonathan Swift
(Keywords: Understanding, Will, World)

One enemy can do more hurt than ten friends can do good.
- Jonathan Swift
(Keywords: Enemy, Friends, Hurt)

Politics, as the word is commonly understood, are nothing but corruptions.
- Jonathan Swift
(Keywords: Politics, Nothing, Word)

Poor nations are hungry, and rich nations are proud; and pride and hunger will ever be at variance.
- Jonathan Swift
(Keywords: Hunger, Nations, Poor, Pride, Will)

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
(Keywords: Quality, Thoughts, Public, Will)

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

Principally I hate and detest that animal called man; although I heartily love John, Peter, Thomas, and so forth.
- Jonathan Swift
(Keywords: Love, Hate, Man)

Promises and pie-crust are made to be broken.
- Jonathan Swift
(Keywords: Promises)

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



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