Jonathan Swift Quotes

Small causes are sufficient to make a man uneasy when great ones are not in the way. For want of a block he will stumble at a straw.

Jonathan Swift

Interest is the spur of the people, but glory that of great souls. Invention is the talent of youth, and judgment of age.

Jonathan Swift

Promises and pie crusts are made to be broken.

Jonathan Swift

May you live all the days of your life.

Jonathan Swift

Reason is a very light rider, and easily shook off

Jonathan Swift

This is every cook's opinion -no savory dish without an onion,but lest your kissing should be spoiled your onions must be fully boiled.

Jonathan Swift

Flattery is the worst and falsest way of showing our esteem

Jonathan Swift

Observation is an old man's memory.

Jonathan Swift

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.

Jonathan Swift

This wine should be eaten, for it is much too good to be drunk

Jonathan Swift

Every man desires to live long, but no man wishes to be old.

Jonathan Swift

Don't set your wit against a child.

Jonathan Swift

For the rest, Whatever we have got has been by infinite labor, and search, and ranging through every corner of nature; the difference is that 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.

Jonathan Swift

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.

Jonathan Swift

There is no quality so contrary to any nature which one cannot affect, and put on upon occasion, in order to serve an interest.

Jonathan Swift
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