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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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He was a bold man that first eat an oyster.

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

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Instead of dirt and poison, we have rather chosen to fill our hives with honey and wax, thus furnishing mankind with the two noblest of things, which are sweetness and light.

Sweetness Quotes, by Jonathan Swift , Source: Battle of the Books, fable on the merits of the bee (the ancients) and the spider (the moderns)

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Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own.

Satire Quotes, by Jonathan Swift , Source: The Battle of the Books

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Where Young must torture his invention To flatter knaves, or lose his pension.

Flattery Quotes, by Jonathan Swift , Source: Poetry, a Rhapsody (l. 279)

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A college joke to cure the dumps.

Jesting Quotes, by Jonathan Swift , Source: Cassinus and Peter

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The tucked-up sempstress walks hasty strides, While streams run down her oil'd umbrella's sides.

Umbrellas Quotes, by Jonathan Swift , Source: Description of a City Shower

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They never would hear, But turn the deaf ear, As a matter they had no concern in.

Hearing Quotes, by Jonathan Swift , Source: Dingley and Brent

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Never sleeping, still awake, Pleasing most when most I speak; The delight of old and young, Though I speak without a tongue. Nought but one thing can confound me, Many voices joining round me, Then I fret, and rave, and gabble, Like the labourers of Babel.

Echo Quotes, by Jonathan Swift , Source: An Echo

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If Heaven had looked upon riches to be a valuable thing, it would not have given them to such a scoundrel.

Wealth Quotes, by Jonathan Swift , Source: Letter to Miss Vanhomrigh

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He had been eight years upon a project for extracting sunbeams out of cucumbers, which were to be put in phials hermetically sealed, and let out to warm the air in raw, inclement summers.

Invention Quotes, by Jonathan Swift , Source: Gulliver's Travels (pt. III, ch. V, Voyage to Laputa)

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Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody else has thought.

Invention Quotes, by Jonathan Swift , Source: Gulliver's Travels (pt. III, ch. V, Voyage to Laputa)

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I've often wished that I had clear, For life, six hundred pounds a year, A handsome house to lodge a friend, A river at my garden's end, A terrace walk, and half a rood Of land, set out to plant a wood.

Wishes Quotes, by Jonathan Swift , Source: Imitation of Horace (bk. II, satire 6)

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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.

Royalty Quotes, by Jonathan Swift , Source: On Poetry (l. 191)

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I warrant you lay abed till the cows came home.

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

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I heard the little bird say so.

Gossip Quotes, by Jonathan Swift , Source: Letter to Stella

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The rolling fictions grow in strength and size, Each author adding to the former lies.

Rumor Quotes, by Jonathan Swift , Source: Tr. of Ovid--Examiner (no. 15)

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Lord, Madame, I have fed like a farmer; I shall grow as fat as a porpoise.

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

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Bread is the staff of life.

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

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I know Sir John will go, though he was sure it would rain cats and dogs.

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

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Faith, that's as well said as if I had said it myself.

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

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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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The greatest inventions were produced in the times of ignorance, as the use of the compass, gunpowder, and printing.

History 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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Complaint is the largest tribute Heaven receives.

Complaint 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.

Government Quotes, by Jonathan Swift

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