Jonathan Swift Quotes

- Notable Jonathan Swift Quotes Index -

Born: November 30, 1667, Dublin, Ireland
Birth Country: Ireland
Died: Dublin, Ireland, October 19, 1745
Occupation: Author

1.
A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart.
- Jonathan Swift

2.
A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart.
- Jonathan Swift

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.
- Jonathan Swift

4.
For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery.
- Jonathan Swift

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.
- Jonathan Swift

6.
He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.
- Jonathan Swift

7.
I never knew a man come to greatness or eminence who lay abed late in the morning.
- Jonathan Swift

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.
- Jonathan Swift

9.
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

10.
Invention is the talent of youth, as judgment is of age.
- Jonathan Swift

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.
- Jonathan Swift

12.
May you live all the days of your life.
- Jonathan Swift

13.
Men are happy to be laughed at for their humor, but not for their folly.
- Jonathan Swift

14.
No man was ever so completely skilled in the conduct of life, as not to receive new information from age and experience.
- Jonathan Swift

15.
Politics, as the word is commonly understood, are nothing but corruptions.
- Jonathan Swift

16.
Power is no blessing in itself, except when it is used to protect the innocent.
- Jonathan Swift

17.
The best doctors in the world are Doctor Diet, Doctor Quiet, and Doctor Merryman.
- Jonathan Swift

18.
The power of fortune is confessed only by the miserable, for the happy impute all their success to prudence or merit.
- Jonathan Swift

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.
- Jonathan Swift

20.
Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.
- Jonathan Swift

21.
We have enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.
- Jonathan Swift

22.
When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him.
- Jonathan Swift

23.
Where there are large powers with little ambition... nature may be said to have fallen short of her purposes.
- Jonathan Swift

24.
Words are but wind and learning is nothing but words ergo, learning is nothing but wind.
- Jonathan Swift

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