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82 Famous Quotes by Jonathan Swift
11/30/1667 - 10/19/1745
Also Known As:  
Dean Swift     M.B. Drapier     Lemuel Gulliver
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We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.

Religion Quotes, by Jonathan Swift

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A kindness spontaneously offered to him who needs it, is doubly gratifying.

Proverbs Quotes, by Jonathan Swift , Source: Pastoral Dialogue (l. 7)

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A man suffers death himself as often as he loses those dear to him.

Proverbs Quotes, by Jonathan Swift , Source: Pastoral Dialogue (l. 7)

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A pleasant traveling companion helps us on our journey as much as a carriage.

Proverbs Quotes, by Jonathan Swift , Source: Pastoral Dialogue (l. 7)

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In all distresses of our friends We first consult our private ends; While Nature, kindly bent to ease us, Points out some circumstance to please us.

Adversity Quotes, by Jonathan Swift , Source: On the Death of Dr. Swift, a paraphrase of Rochefoucauld's "Maxim"

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May you live all the days of your life.

Toasts Quotes, by Jonathan Swift , Source: Polite Conversation (dialogue II)

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So, naturalists observe, a flea Has smaller fleas that on him prey; And these have smaller still to bite 'em, And so proceed ad infinitum. Thus every poet in his kind Is bit by him that comes behind.

Fleas Quotes, by Jonathan Swift , Source: Poetry--A Rhapsody

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It is a maxim, that those to whom everybody allows the second place have an undoubted title to the first.

Worth Quotes, by Jonathan Swift , Source: Tale of a Tub--Dedication

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What some invent the rest enlarge.

Rumor Quotes, by Jonathan Swift , Source: Journal of a Modern Lady

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An old miser kept a tame jackdaw, that used to steal pieces of money, and hide them in a hole, which a cat observing, asked, "Why he would hoard up those round shining things that he could make no use of?" "Why," said the jackdaw, "my master has a whole chestfull, and makes no more use of them that I do."

Jackdaws Quotes, by Jonathan Swift , Source: Thoughts on Various Subjects

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They say fingers were made before forks, and hands before knives.

Eating Quotes, by Jonathan Swift , Source: Polite Conversation (dialogue II)

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Hail, fellow, well met, All dirty and wet: Find out, if you can, Who's master, who's man.

Investigation Quotes, by Jonathan Swift , Source: My Lady's Lamentation

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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.

Optimism Quotes, by Jonathan Swift

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Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches to conceive how others can be in want.

Charity Quotes, by Jonathan Swift

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I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed.

Shame Quotes, by Jonathan Swift

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There's none so blind as they that won't see.

Blind Quotes, by Jonathan Swift

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Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent.

Censure Quotes, by Jonathan Swift

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When a true genius appears in this world you may know him by the sign that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.

Genius Quotes, by Jonathan Swift

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Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies but which let wasps and hornets break through.

Law Quotes, by Jonathan Swift

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Necessity is the mother of invention.

Necessity Quotes, by Jonathan Swift

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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.

Sensuality Quotes, by Jonathan Swift

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The worthiest people are the most injured by slander, as is the best fruit which the birds have been pecking at.

Slander Quotes, by Jonathan Swift

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The stoical scheme of supplying our wants by lopping off our desires, is like cutting off our feet when we want shoes.

Want Quotes, by Jonathan Swift

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We are limited, not by our abilities, but by our vision.

Vision Quotes, by Jonathan Swift

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We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.

Hate Quotes, by Jonathan Swift

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