Famous Quotes By Jonathan Swift


  1. A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart.
  2. A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart.
  3. Although men are accused of not knowing their own weakness, yet perhaps few know their own strength. It is in men as in soils, where sometimes there is a vein of gold which the owner knows not of.
  4. For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery.
  5. 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.
  6. He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.
  7. I never knew a man come to greatness or eminence who lay abed late in the morning.
  8. 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.
  9. Interest is the spur of the people, but glory that of great souls. Invention is the talent of youth, and judgment of age.
  10. Invention is the talent of youth, as judgment is of age.
  11. It is impossible that anything so natural, so necessary, and so universal as death, should ever have been designed by providence as an evil to mankind.
  12. May you live all the days of your life.
  13. Men are happy to be laughed at for their humor, but not for their folly.
  14. No man was ever so completely skilled in the conduct of life, as not to receive new information from age and experience.
  15. Politics, as the word is commonly understood, are nothing but corruptions.
  16. Power is no blessing in itself, except when it is used to protect the innocent.
  17. The best doctors in the world are Doctor Diet, Doctor Quiet, and Doctor Merryman.
  18. The power of fortune is confessed only by the miserable, for the happy impute all their success to prudence or merit.
  19. Under this window in stormy weather I marry this man and woman together Let none but Him who rules the thunder Put this man and woman asunder.
  20. Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.
  21. We have enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.
  22. When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him.
  23. Where there are large powers with little ambition... nature may be said to have fallen short of her purposes.
  24. Words are but wind and learning is nothing but words ergo, learning is nothing but wind.

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