Jonathan Swift quotes
1667 - 1745, Irish satirist and poet
We have just enough religion to make
us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.
Vision is the art of seeing what is
invisible to others.
Two friendships in two breasts
requires the same aversions and desires.
Instead of dirt and poison we have
rather chosen to fill our hives wit honey and wax; thus
furnishing mankind with the two noblest of things, which are sweetness and light.
War - that mad game the world so
loves to play.
As blushing will sometimes make a
whore pass for a virtous woman, so modesty may make a
fool seem a man of sense.
Books, the children of the brain.
I hate nobody: I am in charity with
all the world.
If heaven had looked upon riches to
be a valuable thing, it would not have given them to
such a scoundrel.
She wears her clothes as if they were
thrown on her with a pitchfork.
I shall be like that tree, I shall
die at the top.
We were to do more business after
dinner; but after dinner is after dinner - an old saying and
a true, "much drinking, little thinking."
'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.
One enemy can do more hurt than ten friends can do good.
He had been eight years upon a project for extracting sunbeams out of cucumbers;
were to be put in vials hermetically sealed, and let out to warm the air in raw inclement
Satire is a sort of glass, wherein
beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their
A lie is an excuse guarded.
Laws are like cobwebs, which may
catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.
We are so fond of another, because our ailments are the same.
May you live all the days of your
I love good creditable acquaintance; I love to be
the worst of the company.
There is nothing in the world
constant, but inconstancy.
I never knew a man come to greatness
or eminence who lay abed late in the morning.
Every man desires to live long, but
no man would be old.
The sight of you is good for sore
No man was ever so completely skilled
in the conduct of life, as not to receive new information
from age and experience.
What some invent the rest