Jonathan Swift Famous Quotes & Sayings

Browse top 100 famous quotes and sayings by Jonathan Swift. Read & share Jonathan Swift quotes pictures with friends. Free using on Facebook, Twitter, blogs.

Top 100 Jonathan Swift Quotes

#1. My nose itched, and I knew I should drink wine or kiss a fool. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1247562
#2. There is no vice which humankind carries to such wild extremes as that of avarice. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1453753
#3. Brisk talkers are generally slow thinkers. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1436592
#4. It is the talent of human nature to run from one extreme to another. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1427267
#5. Whence proceeds this weight we lay
On what detracting people say?
Their utmost malice cannot make
Your head, or tooth, or finger ache;
Nor spoil your shapes, distort your face,
Or put one feature out of place. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1414225
#6. By candle-light nobody would have taken you for above five-and-twenty. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1400988
#7. Exploding many things under the name of trifles is a very false proof either of wisdom or magnanimity, and a great check to virtuous actions with regard to fame. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1386788
#8. I wonder what fool it was that first invented kissing. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1372880
#9. Quotations are best brought in to confirm some opinion controverted. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1322396
#10. To acknowledge you were wrong yesterday is simply to let the world know that you are wiser today than you were then. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1319518
#11. The system of morality to be gathered from the ancient sages falls very short of that delivered in the gospel. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1316799
#12. Take a strict view of their excrements, and, from the colour, the odour, the taste, the consistence, the crudeness or maturity of digestion, form a judgment of their thoughts and designs; because men are never so serious, thoughtful, and intent, as when they are at stool ... - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1278681
#13. When men grow virtuous in their old age, they only make a sacrifice to God of the devil's leavings. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1252040
#14. It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1455695
#15. He that calls a man ungrateful sums up all the veil that a man can be guilty of. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1237204
#16. A wise man is never less alone than when he is alone. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1228856
#17. Good manners is the art of making those people easy with whom we converse. Whoever makes the fewest people uneasy is the best bred in the room. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1203609
#18. So that, upon the whole, there must be some kind of subjection due from every man to every man, which cannot be made void by any power, pre-eminence, or authority whatsoever. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1154532
#19. Walls have tongues, and hedges ears. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1153897
#20. Abstracts, abridgments, summaries, etc., have the same use with burning-glasses,
to collect the diffused light rays of wit and learning in authors, and make them point with warmth and quickness upon the reader's imagination. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1146085
#21. Love why do we one passion call,
When 'tis a compound of them all?
Where hot and cold, where sharp and sweet,
In all their equipages meet;
Where pleasures mix'd with pains appear,
Sorrow with joy, and hope with fear. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1086819
#22. Just get the right syllable in the proper place. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1049830
#23. She wears her clothes as if they were thrown on with a pitchfork. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1046132
#24. In all I wish, how happy should I be,
Thou grand Deluder, were it not for thee?
So weak thou art that fools thy power despise;
And yet so strong, thou triumph'st o'er the wise. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1018092
#25. Men who possess all the advantages of life are in a state where there are many accidents to disorder and discompose, but few to please them. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1001709
#26. Happiness is the perpetual possession of being well deceived. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1636241
#27. Small causes are sufficient to make a man uneasy, when great ones are not in the way: for want of a block he will stumble at a straw. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1874886
#28. A pleasant companion is as good as a coach. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1849310
#29. and the first words I learnt, were to express my desire "that he would please give me my liberty;" which I every day repeated on my knees. His - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1816040
#30. T is as cheap sitting as standing. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1807787
#31. The more careless, the more modish. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1798885
#32. There never appear more than five or six men of genius in an age, but if they were united the world could not stand before them. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1775496
#33. Invention is the talent of youth, as judgment is of age. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1752625
#34. Some dire misfortune to portend, no enemy can match a friend. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1742953
#35. Fools are apt to imitate only the defects of their betters. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1721993
#36. Interest is the spur of the people, but glory that of great souls. Invention is the talent of youth, and judgment of age. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1720771
#37. The ruin of a State is generally preceded by an universal degeneracy of manners and contempt of religion. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1714885
#38. It may pass for a maxim in State, that the administration cannot be placed in too few hands, nor the legislature in too many. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1659737
#39. Those dreams that on the silent night intrude, and with false flitting shapes our minds delude ... are mere productions of the brain. And fools consult interpreters in vain. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #995549
#40. If a lump of soot falls into the soup and you cannot conveniently get it out, stir it well in and it will give the soup a French taste. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1614888
#41. And surely one of the best rules in conversation is, never to say a thing which any of the company can reasonably wish had been left unsaid ... - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1612073
#42. However, in my thoughts I could not sufficiently wonder at the intrepidity of these diminutive mortals, who durst venture to mount and walk upon my body, while one of my hands was at liberty, without trembling at the very sight of so prodigious a creature as I must appear to them. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1604790
#43. Under the rose, since here are none but friends, To own the truth we have some private ends. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1562335
#44. For want of a block, man will stumble at a straw. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1554981
#45. That his majesty gave many marks of his great lenity, often - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1547826
#46. Principally I hate and detest that animal called man; although I heartily love John, Peter, Thomas, and so forth. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1505561
#47. With a whirl of thought oppressed
I sink from reverie to rest.
An horrid vision seized my head,
I saw the graves give up their dead. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1498888
#48. Wise people are never less alone than when they are alone. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1485544
#49. My Lawyer being practiced almost from his Cradle in defending Falsehood; is quite out of his Element when he would be an Advocate for Justice, which as an Office unnatural, he always attempts with great Awkwardness if not with Ill-will. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1471631
#50. Complaint is the largest tribute heaven receives and the sincerest part of our devotion. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1459588
#51. What religion is he of?
Why, he is an Anythingarian. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #207296
#52. An excuse is a lie guarded. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #486898
#53. All disgracers of the press in prose and verse condemned to eat nothing but their own cotton, and quench their thirst with their own ink. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #477282
#54. So geographers, in Africa maps, With savage pictures fill their gaps, And o'er uninhabitable downs Place elephants for want of towns - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #453383
#55. Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #445393
#56. I was in the utmost astonishment, and roared so loud that they all ran back in a fright; and some of them, as I was afterwards told, were hurt with the falls they got by leaping from my sides upon the ground. However, they soon returned, - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #401910
#57. Most sorts of diversion in men, children and other animals, are in imitation of fighting. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #297026
#58. A forward critic often dupes us With sham quotations peri hupsos, And if we have not read Longinus, Will magisterially outshine us. Then, lest with Greek he over-run ye, Procure the book for love or money, Translated from Boileau's translation, And quote quotation on quotation. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #293276
#59. 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. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #289624
#60. Great abilities, when employed as God directs, do but make the owners of them greater and more painful servants to their neighbors. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #269048
#61. My horses understand me tolerably well; I converse with them at least four hours every day. They are strangers to bridle or saddle; they live in great amity with me, and friendship of each other. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #266241
#62. War: that mad game the world so loves to play. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #224948
#63. Positiveness is a good quality for preachers and speakers because, whoever shares his thoughts with the public will convince them as he himself appears convinced. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #210142
#64. Had Windham possessed discretion in debate, or Sheridan in conduct, they might have ruled their age. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #503651
#65. Seamen have a custom, when they meet a whale, to fling him out an empty tub by way of amusement, to divert him from laying violent hands upon the ship. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #186972
#66. When we desire or solicit anything, our minds run wholly on the good side or circumstances of it; when it is obtained, our minds run wholly on the bad ones. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #174360
#67. For they have no conception how a rational creature can be compelled, but only advised, or exhorted; because no person can disobey reason, without giving up his claim to be a rational creature. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #138172
#68. A prince, the moment he is crown'd,
Inherits every virtue sound,
As emblems of the sovereign power,
Like other baubles in the Tower:
Is generous, valiant, just, and wise,
And so continues till he dies. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #106324
#69. I forget whether advice be among the lost things which Ariosto says are to be found in the moon: that and time ought to have been there. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #102929
#70. From not the gravest of Divines,
Accept for once some serious Lines. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #100788
#71. As love without esteem is capricious and volatile; esteem without love is languid and cold. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #96886
#72. 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. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #96262
#73. I hate nobody: I am in charity with the world. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #48334
#74. In all assemblies, though you wedge them ever so close, we may observe this peculiar property, that over their heads there is room enough; but how to reach it is the difficult point. To this end the philosopher's way in all ages has been by erecting certain edifices in the air. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #36815
#75. Ah, a German and a genius ! A prodigy, admit him ! - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #17968
#76. If a man makes me keep my distance, the comfort is, he keeps his at the same time. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #769944
#77. The stoical scheme of supplying our wants by lopping off our desires, is like cutting off our feet, when we want shoes. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #984004
#78. 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? - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #973005
#79. A college joke to cure the dumps. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #967672
#80. The various opinions of philosophers have scattered through the world as many plagues of the mind as Pandora's box did those of the body; only with this difference, that they have not left hope at the bottom. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #907837
#81. May you live every day of your life. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #893425
#82. I never knew a man come to greatness or eminence who lay abed late in the morning. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #874549
#83. 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. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #869856
#84. Strange an astrologer should die, without one wonder in the sky. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #869698
#85. The bulk of mankind is as well equipped for flying as thinking. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #858605
#86. Bread is the staff of life. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #815892
#87. In men desire begets love, and in women love begets desire. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #807872
#88. The tucked-up sempstress walks with hasty strides, While streams run down her oil'd umbrella's sides. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #804605
#89. I have now lost my barrier between me and death; God grant I may live to be as well prepared for it, as I confidently believe her to have been! If the way to Heaven be through piety, truth, justice and charity, she is there. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #1745
#90. The chameleon, who is said to feed upon nothing but air, has of all animals the nimblest tongue. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #768466
#91. I have heard of a man who had a mind to sell his house, and therefore carried a piece of brick in his pocket, which he shewed as a pattern to encourage purchasers. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #751368
#92. Promises and pie-crust are made to be broken. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #737359
#93. Don't set your wit against a child. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #725032
#94. Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #716403
#95. I used to wonder how a man of birth and spirit could endure to be wholly insignificant and obscure in a foreign country, when he might live with lustre in his own. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #709715
#96. Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches as to conceive how others can be in want. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #667798
#97. No wise man ever wished to be younger. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #580441
#98. Power is no blessing in itself, except when it is used to protect the innocent. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #535785
#99. Very few men, properly speaking, live at present, but are providing to live another time. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #535543
#100. Silks, velvets, calicoes, and the whole lexicon of female fopperies. - Author: Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift Quotes #527494

Famous Authors

Popular Topics