Quotes by Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift

English writer

Alive from: 1667-1745

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

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    Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.
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    Lord, I wonder what fool it was that first invented kissing!
    Source: Polite Conversation (1738)
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    May you live all the days of your life.
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    May you live every day of your life.
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    Men are happy to be laughed at for their humor, but not for their folly.
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    Nature has left every man a capacity of being agreeable, though not of shining in company; and there are a hundred men sufficiently qualified for both who, by a very few faults, that they might correct in half an hour, are not so much as tolerable.
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    No wise man ever wished to be younger.
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    Nor do they trust their tongue alone, but speak a language of their own; can read a nod, a shrug, a look, far better than a printed book; convey a libel in a frown, and wink a reputation down.
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    Nothing is so great an example of bad manners as flattery. If you flatter all the company, you please none; If you flatter only one or two, you offend the rest.
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    Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches to conceive how others can be in want.
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    O Grub Street! how do I bemoan thee, whose graceless children scorn to own thee! . Yet thou hast greater cause to be ashamed of them, than they of thee.
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    Observation is an old man's memory.
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    One enemy can do more hurt, than ten friends can do good.
    Source: Journal to Stella (30 June 1711)
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    One of the very best rules of conversation is to never, say anything which any of the company wish had been left unsaid.
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    Poor nations are hungry, and rich nations are proud; and pride and hunger will ever be at variance.
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