Jonathan Swift Quotes

Jonathan Swift

Irish essayist, novelist, & satirist (1667 - 1745)

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

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So weak thou art that fools thy power despise; And yet so strong, thou triumph'st o'er the wise.

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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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Ambition often puts men upon doing the meanest offices: so climbing is performed in the same posture with creeping.

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We have enough religion to hate each other, but not enough to love each other.

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Ambition often puts men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same posture with creeping.

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Happiness is the perpetual possession of being well deceived.

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I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nursed is at a year old a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled, and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricassee, or a ragout.

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When a true genius appears in the world you may know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in confederacy against him.

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

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We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love, one another.

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One of the best rules in conversation is, never to say a thing which any of the company can reasonably wish had been left unsaid.

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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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No wise man ever wished to be younger.

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It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.

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May you live all the days of your life.

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When a true genius appears in this world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.

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There is nothing in this world constant, but inconsistancy.

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I row after health like a waterman...

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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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He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.

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I wonder what fool it was that first invented kissing.

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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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When a true genius appears in this world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.

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When a true 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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Fine words! I wonder where you stole them.

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