Quotes by Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift

English writer

Alive from: 1667-1745

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

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    A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart.
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    I have heard say that complimenting is lying.
    Source: Polite conversation
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    A footman may swear; but he cannot swear like a lord. He can swear as often: but can he swear with equal delicacy, propriety, and judgment?
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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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    Whoever wishes to win in this game must have patience and money, since the values are so little constant and the rumors so little founded on truth Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.
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    A nice man is a man of nasty ideas.
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    All human race would be wits. And millions miss, for one that hits.
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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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    Ambition often puts Men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same position with creeping.
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    And he gave it for his opinion, that whoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass, to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would deserve better of mankind, and do more essential service to his country, than the whole race of politicians put together.
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    Argument, as usually managed, is the worst sort of conversation, as in books it is generally the worst sort of reading.
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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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    As love without esteem is capricious and volatile; esteem without love is languid and cold.
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    Better belly burst than good liquor be lost.
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    Books, the children of the brain.
    Source: A Tale of a Tub (1704)
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