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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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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."

Agriculture Quotes, by Jonathan Swift , Source: Gulliver's Travels--Voyage to Brobdingnag (pt. II, ch. CII)

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Fine words! I wonder where you stole 'em. [Lat., Libertas et natale solum.]

Plagiarism Quotes, by Jonathan Swift , Source: said about Chief Justice Whitshed's motto for his coach

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Convey a libel in a frown. And wink a reputation down!

Reputation Quotes, by Jonathan Swift , Source: Journal of a Modern Lady (l. 185)

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

Blindness Quotes, by Jonathan Swift , Source: Polite Conversation (dialogue III)

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What some invent, the rest enlarge.

Gossip Quotes, by Jonathan Swift

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A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying... that he is wiser today than yesterday.

Shame Quotes, by Jonathan Swift

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Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.

Vision Quotes, by Jonathan Swift

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She wears her clothes as if they were thrown on her with a pitchfork.

Apparel Quotes, by Jonathan Swift , Source: Polite Conversation (dialogue I)

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How we apples swim.

Apples Quotes, by Jonathan Swift , Source: Brother Protestants

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'Tis an old maxim in the schools, That flattery's the food of fools; Yet now and then your men of wit Will condescend to take a bit.

Flattery Quotes, by Jonathan Swift , Source: Cadenus and Vanessa (l. 769)

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Men are happy to be laughed at for their humor, but not for their folly.

Men Quotes, by Jonathan Swift

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Flattery is the worst and falsest way of showing our esteem

Flattery Quotes, by Jonathan Swift

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Whoever makes two ears of corn, or two blades of grass to grow where only one grew before, deserves better of mankind, and does more essential service to his country than the whole race of politicians put together

Politicians Quotes, by Jonathan Swift

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No preacher is listened to but time, which gives us the same train and turn of thought that elder people have in vain tried to put into our heads before

Preachers and preaching Quotes, by Jonathan Swift

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For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery.

Slavery Quotes, by Jonathan Swift

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That the universe was formed by a fortuitous concourse of atoms, I will no more believe than that the accidental jumbling of the alphabet would fall into a most ingenious treatise of philosophy

Universe Quotes, by Jonathan Swift

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Walls have tongues, and hedges ears.

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

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Time stoops to no man's lure.

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

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A bad man becomes worse when he apes a saint.

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

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A favour is half granted, when graciously refused.

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

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A great fortune enslaves its owner.

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

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A loss, of which we are ignorant, is no loss.

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

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A position of dignity is more easily improved upon than acquired.

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

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A sly piece of good luck, which nobody knows of is delightful.

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

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A nice man is a man of nasty ideas.

Chastity Quotes, by Jonathan Swift , Source: Introductions to History of the Reformation (preface), by Bishop Burnet

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