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Jonathan Swift Quotes

(1667-1745), Anglo-Irish Satirist

The latter part of a wise person's life is occupied with curing the follies, prejudices and false opinions they contracted earlier.

Category: Age And Aging

Every one desires to live long, but no one would be old.

Category: Age And Aging

No wise man ever wished to be younger.

Category: Age And Aging

Better belly burst than good liquor be lost.

Category: Alcohol And Alcoholism

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

Category: Ambition

In church your grandsire cut his throat; to do the job too long he tarried: he should have had my hearty vote to cut his throat before he married.

Category: Ancestry

Faith! he must make his stories shorter or change his comrades once a quarter.

Category: Anecdotes

Argument, as usually managed, is the worst sort of conversation, as in books it is generally the worst sort of reading.

Category: Argument

The lack of belief is a defect that ought to be concealed when it cannot be overcome.

Category: Belief

There's none so blind as they that won't see.

Category: Blindness

As blushing will sometimes make a whore pass for a virtuous woman, so modesty may make a fool seem a man of sense.

Category: Blush

Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent.

Category: Censure

Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches to conceive how others can be in want.

Category: Charity

I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child, well nursed, is at a year old, a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled; and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricassee, or a ragout.

Category: Children

I never saw, heard, nor read, that the clergy were beloved in any nation where Christianity was the religion of the country. Nothing can render them popular, but some degree of persecution.

Category: Churches