Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift

English writer

Lived from: 1667-1745

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Jonathan Swift

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    A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart.
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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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    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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    But you think that it is time for me to have done with the world, and so I would if I could get into a better before I was called into the best, and not die here in a rage, like a poisoned rat in a hole.
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    Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent.
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    Come, agree, the law's costly.
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