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When the world has once begun to use us ill, it afterwards continues the same treatment with less scruple or ceremony, as men do to a whore.
- Jonathan Swift | Adversity Quotes
Dignity, high station, or great riches are in some sort necessary to old men, in order to keep the younger at a distance, who are otherwise too apt to insult them upon the score of their age.
- Jonathan Swift | Aging and Old Age Quotes
Zsa Zsa Gabor, when asked which of the Gabor women was the oldest, said "She'll never admit it, but I believe it is Mama." When men grow virtuous in their old age, they only make a sacrifice to God of the devil's leavings.
- Jonathan Swift | Aging and Old Age Quotes
No wise man ever wished to be younger.
- Jonathan Swift | Aging and Old Age Quotes
He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.
- Jonathan Swift | Courage and Bravery Quotes
When a true genius appears in the world you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.
- Jonathan Swift | Genius Quotes
What some invent, the rest enlarge.
- Jonathan Swift | Gossip and Gossips Quotes
When the world has once begun to use us ill, and afterwards continues the same treatment with less scruple or ceremony, as men do to a whore.
- Jonathan Swift | Life Quotes
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.
- Jonathan Swift | Praise and Flattery Quotes
Usually speaking, the worst-bred person in company is a young traveller just returned from abroad.
- Jonathan Swift | Travel and Travellers Quotes
When men grow virtuous in their old age, they only make a sacrifice to God of the devil's leavings.
- Jonathan Swift | Virtue Quotes
Most sorts of diversion in men, children and other animals, are in imitation of fighting.
- Jonathan Swift | War Quotes
Proper words in proper places, make the true definition of a style.
- Jonathan Swift | Writers and Writing Quotes
111 company is like a dog, who dirts those most whom he loves best.
- Jonathan Swift | Friendship Quotes
I always love to begin a journey on Sundays, because I shall have the prayers of the church to preserve all that travel by land, or by water.
- Jonathan Swift | Prayer Quotes
May you live all the days of your life.
- Jonathan Swift | One Day Quotes
Very few men, properly speaking, live at present, but are providing to live another time.
- Jonathan Swift | The Present Quotes
Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.
- Jonathan Swift | Hope Quotes
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.
There is nothing in this world constant but inconstancy.
Brutes find out where their talents lie; a bear will not attempt to fly.
- Jonathan Swift | Right Quotes
An excuse is a lie guarded.
- Jonathan Swift | Courage Quotes
We are so fond of each other because our ailments are the same.
- Jonathan Swift | Companionship Quotes
She looks as if butter wouldn't melt in her mouth.
- Jonathan Swift | Appearance Quotes
That the universe was formed by a fortuitous concourse of atoms, I will no more believe than that the accidental jumbling of the alphabet would fall into a most ingenious treatise of philosophy.
- Jonathan Swift | Atheism Quotes
There's none so blind as they that won't see.
- Jonathan Swift | Blindness Quotes
I won't quarrel with my bread and butter.
- Jonathan Swift | Bread Quotes
The first springs of great events, like those of great rivers, are often mean and little.
- Jonathan Swift | Cause Quotes
She wears her clothes as if they were thrown on her with a pitchfork.
- Jonathan Swift | Clothes Quotes
Complaint is the largest tribute Heaven receives.
- Jonathan Swift | Complaining Quotes
Every dog must have his day.
- Jonathan Swift | Dogs Quotes
They say fingers were made before forks, and hands before knives.
- Jonathan Swift | Eating Quotes
Bread is the staff of life.
- Jonathan Swift | Eating Quotes
I heard the little bird say so.
- Jonathan Swift | Gossip Quotes
Lord! I wonder what fool it was that first invented kissing.
- Jonathan Swift | Kiss Quotes
May you live all the days of your life.
- Jonathan Swift | Life Quotes
Good manners is the art of making those people easy with whom we converse. Whoever makes the fewest persons uneasy, is the best bred in the company.
- Jonathan Swift | Manners Quotes
He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.
- Jonathan Swift | Oyster Quotes
Possession, they say, is eleven points of the law.
- Jonathan Swift | Possession Quotes
Promise and pie-crust are made to be broken.
- Jonathan Swift | Promise Quotes
I know Sir John will go, though he was sure it would rain cats and dogs.
- Jonathan Swift | Rain Quotes
When I am reading a book, whether wise or silly, it seems to me to be alive and talking to me.
- Jonathan Swift | Reading Quotes
Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches as to conceive how others can be in want.
- Jonathan Swift | Riches Quotes
What some invent the rest enlarge.
- Jonathan Swift | Rumor Quotes
And he gave it for his opinion, that whoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass, to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would deserve better of mankind and do more essential service to his country, than the whole race of politicians put together.
- Jonathan Swift | Success Quotes
May you live all the days of your life.
- Jonathan Swift | Toasts Quotes
The stoical scheme of supplying our wants by lopping off our desires is like cutting off our feet when we want shoes.
- Jonathan Swift | Want Quotes
There was all the world and his wife.
- Jonathan Swift | World Quotes


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