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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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May you live all the days of your life.

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ambition often puts men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same position with creeping.

Ambition Quotes, by Jonathan Swift

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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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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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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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Bread is the staff of life.

Eating Quotes, by Jonathan Swift , Source: Tale of a Tub

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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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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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