Quotes by Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift

English writer

Alive from: 1667-1745

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

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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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    Complaint is the largest tribute heaven receives.
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    Don't set your wit against a child.
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    Every man desires to live long, but no man would be old.
    Source: Thoughts on Various Subjects from Miscellanies (1711-1726)
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    Every one desires to live long, but no one would be old.
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    Everybody wants to live forever, but nobody wants to grow old.
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    Faith! he must make his stories shorter or change his comrades once a quarter.
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    Fine words! I wonder were you stole them.
    Source: Verses Occasioned by Whitshed's Motto on his Coach (1724)
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    Happiness is a perpetual possession of being well deceived.
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    He had been eight years upon a project for extracting sunbeams out of cucumbers, which were to be put into vials hermetically sealed, and let out to warm the air in raw, inclement summers.
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    He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.
    Source: Polite Conversation (1738)
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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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