Quotes by Jonathan Swift

Every man desires to live long, but no man wishes to be old.
– Jonathan Swift

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

Coffee makes us severe, and grave, and philosophical.
– Jonathan Swift

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

Better belly burst than good liquor be lost.
– Jonathan Swift

One enemy can do more hurt than ten friends can do good.
– Jonathan Swift

No wise man ever wished to be younger.
– Jonathan Swift

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

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

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

Happiness is the perpetual possession of being well deceived.
– Jonathan Swift

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
– Jonathan Swift

Undoubtedly, philosophers are in the right when they tell us that nothing is great or little otherwise than by comparison.
– Jonathan Swift

Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.
— Jonathan Swift

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

A lie is an excuse guarded.
– Jonathan Swift

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

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

Complaint is the largest tribute Heaven receives.
– Jonathan Swift

Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches to conceive how others can be in want.
– Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) Irish-born English satirist.

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