Jonathan Swift Quotes on god, life and beyond

Jonathan Swift (30 November 1667 – 19 October 1745) was an Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer (first for the Whigs, then for the Tories), poet and cleric who became Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, hence his common sobriquet, “Dean Swift”. Swift is remembered for works such as A Tale of a Tub (1704), An Argument Against Abolishing Christianity (1712), Gulliver’s Travels (1726), and A Modest Proposal (1729). He is regarded by the Encyclopædia Britannica as the foremost prose satirist in the English language, and is less well known for his poetry. He originally published all of his works under pseudonyms – such as Lemuel Gulliver, Isaac Bickerstaff, M. B. Drapier – or anonymously. He was a master of two styles of satire, the Horatian and Juvenalian styles. His deadpan, ironic writing style, particularly in A Modest Proposal, has led to such satire being subsequently termed “Swiftian”. We bring you the compilation of the best Jonathan Swift Quotes, hope you like it.

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Jonathan Swift Quotes on god, life and beyond

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

We are so fond of each other because our ailments are the same.-Jonathan Swift

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

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

She looks as if butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth. -Jonathan Swift

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

What some invent the rest enlarge. -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

Possession, they say, is eleven points of the law. -Jonathan Swift

When I am reading a book, whether wise or silly, it seems to me to be alive and talking to me. -Jonathan Swift

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. -Jonathan Swift

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

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

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

Jonathan Swift Quotes on god, life and beyond

Bread is the staff of life. -Jonathan Swift

Vision is the art of seeing things invisible. -Jonathan Swift

Lord! I wonder what fool it was that first invented kissing. -Jonathan Swift

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

Every dog must have his day. -Jonathan Swift

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

They say fingers were made before forks, and hands before knives. -Jonathan Swift

Brutes find out where their talents lie; a bear will not attempt to fly. -Jonathan Swift An excuse is a lie 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

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

I know Sir John will go, though he was sure it would rain cats and dogs.-Jonathan Swift

Promise and pie-crust are made to be broken. -Jonathan Swift

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

Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches as to conceive how others can be in want. -Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift Quotes on god, life and beyond

There’s none so blind as they that won’t see. -Jonathan Swift

Complaint is the largest tribute Heaven receives. -Jonathan Swift

111 company is like a dog, who dirts those most whom he loves best. -Jonathan Swift

There was all the world and his wife. -Jonathan Swift

The stoical scheme of supplying our wants by lopping off our desires is like cutting off our feet when we want shoes. -Jonathan Swift

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

Very few men, properly speaking, live at present, but are providing to live another time. -Jonathan Swift

The first springs of great events, like those of great rivers, are often mean and little. -Jonathan Swift

She wears her clothes as if they were thrown on her with a pitchfork. -Jonathan Swift

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I heard the little bird say so. -Jonathan Swift

Usually speaking, the worst-bred person in company is a young traveller just returned from abroad. -Jonathan Swift

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

When men grow virtuous in their old age, they only make a sacrifice to God of the devil’s leavings. -Jonathan Swift

There is nothing in this world constant but inconstancy. -Jonathan Swift

Proper words in proper places, make the true definition of a style. -Jonathan Swift

I won’t quarrel with my bread and butter. -Jonathan Swift


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