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Born in 1660 / Died in April 26, 1731 / United Kingdom / English

Quotes by Daniel Defoe

He that is rich is wise.
The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond, and must be polished, or the luster of it will never appear.
'Tis no sin to cheat the devil.
All men would be tyrants if they could.
Nature has left this tincture in the blood, That all men would be tyrants if they could.
I have often thought of it as one of the most barbarous customs in the world, considering us as a civilized and a Christian country, that we deny the advantages of learning to women.
As covetousness is the root of all evil, so poverty is the worst of all snares.
Necessity makes an honest man a knave.
Vice came in always at the door of necessity, not at the door of inclination.
All our discontents about what we want appeared to spring from the want of thankfulness for what we have.
An Englishman will fairly drink as much As will maintain two families of Dutch.
In trouble to be troubled, Is to have your trouble doubled.
It is better to have a lion at the head of an army of sheep, than a sheep at the head of an army of lions.
Pride the first peer and president of hell.
Middle age is youth without levity, and age without decay.
When kings the sword of justice first lay down; They art no kings, though they posess the crown; Titles are shadows, crowns are empty things, The good of subjects is the end of kings.
Justice is always violent to the party offending, for every man is innocent in his own eyes.
The best of men cannot suspend their fate The good die early, and the bad die late.
Why then should women be denied the benefits of instruction? If knowledge and understanding had been useless additions to the sex, God almighty would never have given them capacities.