Facts about Jonathan Swift

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Jonathan Swift was a famous Writer from Ireland, who lived between November 30, 1667 and October 19, 1745.

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He/she is born under the zodiac sagittarius, who is known for Philosophical, Motion, Experimentation, Optimism. Our collection contains 65 quotes who is written / told by Jonathan, under the main topics: Art, Food, Government, Money.

Related authors: Alexander Pope

Famous quotes by Jonathan Swift (65)


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"Books, the children of the brain"
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"Human brutes, like other beasts, find snares and poison in the provision of life, and are allured by their appetites to their destruction"
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"I never knew a man come to greatness or eminence who lay abed late in the morning"
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"I wonder what fool it was that first invented kissing"
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"Observation is an old man's memory"
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"We have enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another"
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"A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart"
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"Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through"
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"What they do in heaven we are ignorant of; what they do not do we are told expressly"
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"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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"As love without esteem is capricious and volatile; esteem without love is languid and cold"
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"Don't set your wit against a child"
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"For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery"
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"He was a bold man that first eat an oyster"
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"He was a fiddler, and consequently a rogue"
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"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"
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"If Heaven had looked upon riches to be a valuable thing, it would not have given them to such a scoundrel"
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"Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches as to conceive how others can be in want"
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"Once kick the world, and the world and you will live together at a reasonably good understanding"
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"Poor nations are hungry, and rich nations are proud; and pride and hunger will ever be at variance"
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"Principally I hate and detest that animal called man; although I heartily love John, Peter, Thomas, and so forth"
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"There are few, very few, that will own themselves in a mistake"
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"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"
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"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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"Most sorts of diversion in men, children and other animals, are in imitation of fighting"
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"The proper words in the proper places are the true definition of style"
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"As blushing will sometimes make a whore pass for a virtuous woman, so modesty may make a fool seem a man of sense"
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"Better belly burst than good liquor be lost"
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"I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed"
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"Invention is the talent of youth, as judgment is of age"
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"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"
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"May you live all the days of your life"
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"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"
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"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"
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"The stoical scheme of supplying our wants by lopping off our desires, is like cutting off our feet when we want shoes"
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"A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart"
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"Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed"
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"Every dog must have his day"
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"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"
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"Power is no blessing in itself, except when it is used to protect the innocent"
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"Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own"
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"The want of belief is a defect that ought to be concealed when it cannot be overcome"
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"Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others"
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"He was a bold man that first eat an oyster"
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"For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery"
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"A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart"
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"A tavern is a place where madness is sold by the bottle"
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"Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent"
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"Every man desires to live long, but no man wishes to be old"
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"Interest is the spur of the people, but glory that of great souls. Invention is the talent of youth, and judgment of age"
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"It is in men as in soils where sometimes there is a vein of gold which the owner knows not"
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"One enemy can do more hurt than ten friends can do good"
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"Politics, as the word is commonly understood, are nothing but corruptions"
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"Vanity is a mark of humility rather than of pride"
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"Where I am not understood, it shall be concluded that something very useful and profound is couched underneath"
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"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"
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"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"
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"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"
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"It is the folly of too many to mistake the echo of a London coffee-house for the voice of the kingdom"
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"Men are happy to be laughed at for their humor, but not for their folly"
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"Promises and pie-crust are made to be broken"
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"The power of fortune is confessed only by the miserable, for the happy impute all their success to prudence or merit"
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"We are so fond on one another because our ailments are the same"
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"Where there are large powers with little ambition... nature may be said to have fallen short of her purposes"
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"Words are but wind; and learning is nothing but words; ergo, learning is nothing but wind"


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