Jonathan Swift Quotes

Best 16 Quotes by Jonathan Swift

“A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart.”

“Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.”

“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 people comfortable. Whoever makes the fewest people uncomfortable has the best manners.”

“He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.”

“I'm as old as my tongue and a little older than my teeth.”

“It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.”

“Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.”

“May you live every day of your life.”

“No wise man ever wished to be younger.”

“One of the best rules in conversation is, never to say a thing which any of the company can reasonably wish had been left unsaid.”

“Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own.”

“There's none so blind as they that won't see.”

“Words are the clothing of our thoughts.”

“You should never be ashamed to admit you have been wrong. It only proves you are wiser today than yesterday.”

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