jonathan swift Quotes

Proper words in proper places make the true definition of style.
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— Jonathan Swift
He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.
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— Jonathan Swift
It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.
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— Jonathan Swift
When a great genius appears in the world you may know him by this sign; that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.
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— Jonathan Swift
May you live every day of your life.
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— 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.
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— Jonathan Swift
The want of belief is a defect that ought to be concealed when it cannot be overcome.
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— Jonathan Swift
A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart.
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— Jonathan Swift
Argument is the worst sort of conversation.
— Jonathan Swift
War: that mad game the world so loves to play.
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— Jonathan Swift
Many a truth is told in jest.
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— Jonathan Swift
Poor nations are hungry, and rich nations are proud; and pride and hunger will ever be at variance.
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— Jonathan Swift
Small causes are sufficient to make a man uneasy, when great ones are not in the way: for want of a block he will stumble at a straw.
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— Jonathan Swift
The tiny Lilliputians surmise that Gulliver's watch may be his god, because it is that which, he admits, he seldom does anything without consulting.
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— Jonathan Swift
Promises and pie-crust are made to be broken.
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— Jonathan Swift
Power is no blessing in itself, except when it is used to protect the innocent.
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— Jonathan Swift
Every man desires to live long, but no man wishes to be old.
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— Jonathan Swift
Your onions should be thoroughly boiled.
— Jonathan Swift
That the universe was formed by a fortuitous concourse of atoms, I will no more believe than that the accidental jumbling of the alphabet would fall into a most ingenious treatise of philosophy.
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— Jonathan Swift
Cruel people are ever cowards in emergency.
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— Jonathan Swift
There are few wild beasts more to be dreaded than a talking man having nothing to say.
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— Jonathan Swift
Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.
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— Jonathan Swift
You should never be ashamed to admit you have been wrong. It only proves you are wiser today than yesterday
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— Jonathan Swift
We of this age have discovered a shorter, and more prudent method to become scholars and wits, without the fatigue of reading or of thinking.
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— Jonathan Swift
When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him.
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— Jonathan Swift
We have enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.
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— Jonathan Swift
Falsehood flies, and the truth comes limping after it.
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— Jonathan Swift
Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.
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— Jonathan Swift
When I am reading a book, whether wise or silly, it seems to me to be alive and talking to me.
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— Jonathan Swift
Just get the right syllable in the proper place.
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— Jonathan Swift
A tavern is a place where madness is sold by the bottle.
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— Jonathan Swift
Then, rising with Aurora's light, The Muse invoked, sit down to write; Blot out, correct, insert, refine, Enlarge, diminish, interline.
— Jonathan Swift
The best doctors in the world are Doctor Diet, Doctor Quiet, and Doctor Merryman.
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— Jonathan Swift
There is nothing constant in this world but inconsistency.
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— Jonathan Swift
No man was ever so completely skilled in the conduct of life, as not to receive new information from age and experience.
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— Jonathan Swift
If it were a rainy day, a drunken vigil, a fit of the spleen, a course of physic, sleepy Sunday, an ill run at dice, a long tailor's bill, a beggar's purse, a factious head, a hot sun, costive diet, want of books, and a just contempt for learning - but for these. . .the number of authors and of writing would dwindle away to a degree most woeful to behold.
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— Jonathan Swift
Better belly burst than good liquor be lost.
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— Jonathan Swift
A lie is an excuse guarded
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— Jonathan Swift
If a lump of soot falls into the soup and you cannot conveniently get it out, stir it well in and it will give the soup a French taste.
— Jonathan Swift
It is pleasant to observe how free the present age is in laying taxes on the next. "Future ages shall talk of this; they shall be famous to all posterity;" whereas their time and thoughts will be taken up about present things, as ours are now.
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— Jonathan Swift
jonathan swift
Birth    : November 30, 1667
Death  : October 19, 1745
Occupation  : Pamphleteer