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The Best Jonathan Swift Quotes  

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A list of the best Jonathan Swift quotes. This list is arranged by which famous Jonathan Swift quotes have received the most votes, so only the greatest Jonathan Swift quotes are at the top of the list. All the most popular quotes from Jonathan Swift should be listed here, but if any were missed you can add more at the end of the list. This list includes notable Jonathan Swift quotes on various subjects, many of which are inspirational and thought provoking.

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Every one desires to live long, but no one would be old. Jonathan Swift
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michaelj72 added We have enough religion to hate each other, but not enough to love each other.
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When a true genius appears in this world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. Jonathan Swift
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A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart. Jonathan Swift
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May you live all the days of your life. Jonathan Swift
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One enemy can do more hurt than ten friends can do good. Jonathan Swift
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I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed. Jonathan Swift
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Vision is the art of seeing things invisible. Jonathan Swift
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There's none so blind as they that won't see. Jonathan Swift
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There are few, very few, that will own themselves in a mistake. Jonathan Swift
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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
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Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches to conceive how others can be in want. Jonathan Swift
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It was a bold person that first ate an oyster. Jonathan Swift
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It is the folly of too many to mistake the echo of a London coffee-house for the voice of the kingdom. Jonathan Swift
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michaelj72 added We have chosen to fill our hives with honey and wax; thus furnishing mankind with the two noblest of things, which are sweetness and light.
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Reason is a very light rider, and easily shook off. Jonathan Swift
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michaelj72 added She has more goodness in her little finger, than he has in his whole body.
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One of the very best rules of conversation is to never, say anything which any of the company wish had been left unsaid. Jonathan Swift
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If Heaven had looked upon riches to be a valuable thing, it would not have given them to such a scoundrel. Jonathan Swift
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michaelj72 added Conversation is but carving! Give no more to every guest Than he's able to digest. Give him always of the prime, And but little at a time...
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Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent. Jonathan Swift
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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
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Two friendships in two breasts requires The same aversions and desires. Jonathan Swift
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Promises and pie crusts are made to be broken. Jonathan Swift
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Where I am not understood, it shall be concluded that something very useful and profound is couched underneath. Jonathan Swift