Quotes by Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift

English writer

Alive from: 1667-1745

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

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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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    I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed.
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    I said there was a society of men among us, bred up from their youth in the art of proving by words multiplied for the purpose, that white is black, and black is white, according as they are paid. To this society all the rest of the people are as slaves.
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    I wonder what fool it was that first invented kissing.
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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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    If men of wit and genius would resolve never to complain in their works of critics and detractors, the next age would not know that they ever had any.
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    In church your grandsire cut his throat; to do the job too long he tarried: he should have had my hearty vote to cut his throat before he married.
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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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    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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    It is as hard to satirize well a man of distinguished vices, as to praise well a man of distinguished virtues.
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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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    It was a bold person that first ate an oyster.
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    Just get the right syllable in the proper place.
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