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All Quotes by author - Jonathan Swift
" A lie does not consist in the indirect position of words, but in the desire and intention, by false speaking, to deceive and injure your neighbour. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" As love without esteem is capricious and volatile; esteem without love is languid and cold. "
" A tavern is a place where madness is sold by the bottle. "
" A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart. "
" A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart. "
" Better belly burst than good liquor be lost. "
" Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed. "
" Books, the children of the brain. "
" Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent. "
" Don't set your wit against a child. "
" Every dog must have his day. "
" Every man desires to live long, but no man wishes to be old. "
" For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery. "
" 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. "
" He was a bold man that first ate an oyster. "
" He was a fiddler, and consequently a rogue. "
" Human brutes, like other beasts, find snares and poison in the provision of life, and are allured by their appetites to their destruction. "
" If Heaven had looked upon riches to be a valuable thing, it would not have given them to such a scoundrel. "
" I never knew a man come to greatness or eminence who lay abed late in the morning. "
" 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. "
" I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed. "
" Interest is the spur of the people, but glory that of great souls. Invention is the talent of youth, and judgment of age. "
" Invention is the talent of youth, as judgment is of age. "
" It is a maxim among these lawyers, that whatever hath been done before, may legally be done again: and therefore they take special care to record all the decisions formerly made against common justice and the general reason of mankind. "
" 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. "
" It is in men as in soils where sometimes there is a vein of gold which the owner knows not. "
" It is the folly of too many to mistake the echo of a London coffee-house for the voice of the kingdom. "
" I wonder what fool it was that first invented kissing. "
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