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Born in November 30, 1667 / Died in October 19, 1745 / Ireland / English

Quotes by Jonathan Swift

Every dog must have his day.
Power is no blessing in itself, except when it is used to protect the innocent.
Principally I hate and detest that animal called man; although I heartily love John, Peter, Thomas, and so forth.
A lie does not consist in the indirect position of words, but in the desire and intention, by false speaking, to deceive and injure your neighbour.
Once kick the world, and the world and you will live together at a reasonably good understanding.
There is nothing constant in this world but inconsistency.
If Heaven had looked upon riches to be a valuable thing, it would not have given them to such a scoundrel.
We have enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.
Every man desires to live long, but no man wishes to be old.
Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.
Proper words in proper places make the true definiton of style.
I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed.
Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.
I never knew a man come to greatness or eminence who lay abed late in the morning.
Better belly burst than good liquor be lost.
Promises and pie-crust are made to be broken.
Faith, that's as well said, as if I had said it myself.
One enemy can do more hurt than ten friends can do good.
Observation is an old man's memory.
As blushing will sometimes make a whore pass for a virtuous woman, so modesty may make a fool seem a man of sense.
The proper words in the proper places are the true definition of style.
There were many times my pants were so thin I could sit on a dime and tell if it was heads or tails.
Come, agree, the law's costly.
Good manners is the art of making those people easy with whom we converse. Whoever makes the fewest people uneasy is the best bred in the room.
A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart.