110+ Jonathan Swift Quotes On Satire, Law And Satirical

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  1. Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.
  2. We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.
  3. For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery.
  4. 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.
  5. When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him.
  6. The sight of you is good for sore eyes.
  7. You should never be ashamed to admit you have been wrong. It only proves you are wiser today than yesterday
  8. He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.
  9. A wise man will find us to be rogues by our faces.
  10. It is the first rule in oratory that a man must appear such as he would persuade others to be: and that can be accomplished only by the force of his life.

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A wise man will find us to be rogues by our faces. — Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift Short Quotes

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  • 'Tis happy for him that his Father was born before him.
  • Coffee makes us severe, and grave, and philosophical.
  • There are few wild beasts more to be dreaded than a talking man having nothing to say.
  • One enemy can do more hurt than ten friends can do good.
  • A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart.
  • Power is no blessing in itself, except when it is used to protect the innocent.
  • I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed.
  • Tell truth, and shame the devil.
  • No wise man ever wished to be younger.
  • It is the talent of human nature to run from one extreme to another.
 quote Every dog must have his day.
Every dog must have his day.

Jonathan Swift Quotes On Satire

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

When dunces are satiric, I take it for a panegyric. — Jonathan Swift

It is as hard to satirize well a man of distinguished vices, as to praise well a man of distinguished virtues. — Jonathan Swift

Satire, being levelled at all, is never resented for an offence by any. — Jonathan Swift

Satire is a sort of glass wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own; which is the chief reason for that kind reception it meets with in the world, and that so very few are offended with it. — Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift Quotes On Law

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

Have you not observed that there is a lower kind of discretion and regularity, which seldom fails of raising men to the highest station in the court, the church, and the law? — Jonathan Swift

Conscience signifies that knowledge which a man hath of his own thoughts and actions; and because, if a man judgeth fairly of his actions by comparing them with the law of God, his mind will approve or condemn him; this knowledge or conscience may be both an accuser and a judge. — Jonathan Swift

A maxim in law has more weight in the world than an article of faith. — Jonathan Swift

Come, agree, the law's costly. — Jonathan Swift

By the laws of God, of nature, of nations, and of your country you are and ought to be as free a people as your brethren in England. — Jonathan Swift

I can discover no political evil in suffering bullies, sharpers, and rakes, to rid the world of each other by a method of their own; where the law hath not been able to find an expedient. — Jonathan Swift

The most ignorant person, at a reasonable charge, and with a little bodily labour, might write books in philosophy, poetry, politics, laws, mathematics, and theology, without the least assistance from genius or study. — Jonathan Swift

"Lawyers Are": Those whose interests and abilities lie in perverting, confounding and eluding the law. — Jonathan Swift

It is likewise to be observed that this society hath a peculiar chant and jargon of their own, that no other mortal can understand, and wherein all their laws are written, which they take special care to multiply. — Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift Quotes On World

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There is nothing constant in this world but inconsistency. — Jonathan Swift

The various opinions of philosophers have scattered through the world as many plagues of the mind as Pandora's box did those of the body; only with this difference, that they have not left hope at the bottom. — Jonathan Swift

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

Once kick the world, and the world and you will live together at a reasonably good understanding. — Jonathan Swift

To acknowledge you were wrong yesterday is simply to let the world know that you are wiser today than you were then. — Jonathan Swift

There never appear more than five or six men of genius in an age, but if they were united the world could not stand before them. — Jonathan Swift

I am of the level with common Astrologers; who, with an old paltry cant, and a few pot-hooks for planets to amuse the vulgar, have too long been suffered to abuse the world. — Jonathan Swift

But you think that it is time for me to have done with the world, and so I would if I could get into a better before I was called into the best, and not die here in a rage, like a poisoned rat in a hole. — Jonathan Swift

When a real genius appeares in this world, you'll know him by the fact that all the fools have allied against him. — Jonathan Swift

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

Jonathan Swift Quotes On People

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The worthiest people are the most injured by slander, as is the best fruit which the birds have been pecking at. — Jonathan Swift

Wise people are never less alone than when they are alone. — Jonathan Swift

No man was ever so completely skilled in the conduct of life, as not to receive new information from age and experience. — Jonathan Swift

Good manners is the art of making those people easy with whom we converse. Whoever makes the fewest people uneasy is the best bred in the room. — Jonathan Swift

Whence proceeds this weight we lay On what detracting people say? Their utmost malice cannot make Your head, or tooth, or finger ache; Nor spoil your shapes, distort your face, Or put one feature out of place. — Jonathan Swift

Interest is the spur of the people, but glory that of great souls. Invention is the talent of youth, and judgment of age. — Jonathan Swift

I said there was a society of men among us, bred up from their youth in the art of proving by words multiplied for the purpose, that white is black, and black is white, according as they are paid. To this society all the rest of the people are as slaves. — Jonathan Swift

What some people invent the rest enlarge. — Jonathan Swift

No preacher is listened to but time, which gives us the same train and turn of thought that elder people have in vain tried to put into our heads before. — Jonathan Swift

Orators inflame the people, whose anger is really but a short fit of madness. — Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift Quotes On Children

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Books, the children of the brain. — Jonathan Swift

Most sorts of diversion in men, children and other animals, are in imitation of fighting. — Jonathan Swift

A Child will make two Dishes at an Entertainment for Friends; and when the Family dines alone, the fore or hind Quarter will makea reasonable Dish; and seasoned with a little Pepper or Salt, will be very good Boiled on the fourth Day, especially in Winter. — Jonathan Swift

O Grub Street! how do I bemoan thee, whose graceless children scorn to own thee! . Yet thou hast greater cause to be ashamed of them, than they of thee. — Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift Quotes On Food

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They say fish should swim thrice * * * first it should swim in the sea (do you mind me?) then it should swim in butter, and at last, sirrah, it should swim in good claret. — Jonathan Swift

This is every cook's opinion - no savory dish without an onion, but lest your kissing should be spoiled your onions must be fully boiled. — Jonathan Swift

'Tis an old maxim in the schools,That flattery's the food of fools;Yet now and then your men of witWill condescend to take a bit. — Jonathan Swift

Bread is the staff of life. — Jonathan Swift

Bachelor's fare: bread and cheese, and kisses. — Jonathan Swift

Kitchen Physic is the best Physic. — Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift Quotes On Live

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May you live every day of your life. — Jonathan Swift

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

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

Every one desires to live long, but no one would be old. — Jonathan Swift

It is a miserable thing to live in suspense; it is the life of the spider. — Jonathan Swift

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

Though Diogenes lived in a tub, there might be, for aught I know, as much pride under his rags, as in the fine-spun garments of the divine Plato. — Jonathan Swift

Hobbes clearly proves, that every creature Lives in a state of war by nature. — Jonathan Swift

There are but three ways for a man to revenge himself of the censure of the world,--to despise it, to return the like, or to endeavor to live so as to avoid it; the first of these is usually pretended, the last is almost impossible, the universal practice is for the second. — Jonathan Swift

Live every day as your last, because one of these days, it will be. — Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift Famous Quotes And Sayings

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A wise man will find us to be rogues by our faces. — Jonathan Swift

A fig for partridges and quails, ye dainties I know nothing of ye; But on the highest mount in Wales Would choose in peace to drink my coffee. — Jonathan Swift

A prince, the moment he is crown'd, Inherits every virtue sound, As emblems of the sovereign power, Like other baubles in the Tower: Is generous, valiant, just, and wise, And so continues till he dies. — Jonathan Swift

I cannot but conclude that the Bulk of your Natives, to be the most pernicious Race of little odious Vermin that Nature ever suffered to crawl upon the Surface of the Earth. — Jonathan Swift

He had been eight years upon a project for extracting sunbeams out of cucumbers, which were to be put into vials hermetically sealed, and let out to warm the air in raw, inclement summers. — Jonathan Swift

Small causes are sufficient to make a man uneasy, when great ones are not in the way: for want of a block he will stumble at a straw. — Jonathan Swift

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

Falsehood flies, and the truth comes limping after it. — Jonathan Swift

I never knew a man come to greatness or eminence who lay abed late in the morning. — Jonathan Swift

Politics, as the word is commonly understood, are nothing but corruptions. — Jonathan Swift

I never saw, heard, nor read, that the clergy were beloved in any nation where Christianity was the religion of the country. Nothing can render them popular, but some degree of persecution. — Jonathan Swift

Hail fellow, well met. — Jonathan Swift

For, if we take an examination of what is generally understood by happiness, as it has respect either to the understanding or the senses, we shall find all its properties and adjuncts will herd under this short definition: that it is a perpetual possession of being well deceived. — Jonathan Swift

A lie does not consist in the indirect position of words, but in the desire and intention, by false speaking, to deceive and injure your neighbour. — Jonathan Swift

A nice man is a man of nasty ideas. — Jonathan Swift

Argument is the worst sort of conversation. — Jonathan Swift

The bulk of mankind is as well equipped for flying as thinking. — Jonathan Swift

Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent. — Jonathan Swift

It is a maxim among these lawyers, that whatever hath been done before, may legally be done again: and therefore they take special care to record all the decisions formerly made against common justice and the general reason of mankind. — Jonathan Swift

There's none so blind as they that won't see. — Jonathan Swift

The tiny Lilliputians surmise that Gulliver's watch may be his god, because it is that which, he admits, he seldom does anything without consulting. — Jonathan Swift

Every dog must have his day. — Jonathan Swift

Under this window in stormy weather I marry this man and woman together; Let none but Him who rules the thunder Put this man and woman asunder. — Jonathan Swift

The most positive men are the most credulous. — Jonathan Swift

There is no vice which mankind carries to such wild extremes as that of avarice. — Jonathan Swift

There are few, very few, that will own themselves in a mistake. — Jonathan Swift

My nose itched, and I knew I should drink wine or kiss a fool. — Jonathan Swift

... the atheists, libertines, despisers of religion ... that is to say all those who usually pass under the name of Free-thinkers. — Jonathan Swift

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

A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart. — Jonathan Swift

A tavern is a place where madness is sold by the bottle. — Jonathan Swift

The proper words in the proper places are the true definition of style. — Jonathan Swift

Ay, do despise me, I'm the prouder for it; I like to be despised. — Jonathan Swift

As love without esteem is capricious and volatile; esteem without love is languid and cold. — Jonathan Swift

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

The reason why so few marriages are happy is because young ladies spend their time in making nets, not in making cages. — Jonathan Swift

Vanity is a mark of humility rather than of pride. — Jonathan Swift

I never knew any man cured of inattention. — Jonathan Swift

Ambition often puts Men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same position with creeping. — Jonathan Swift

How is it possible to expect that mankind will take advice when they will not so much as take warning. — Jonathan Swift

That incessant envy wherewith the common rate of mankind pursues all superior natures to their own. — Jonathan Swift

Triumphant Tories, and desponding Whigs, Forget their feuds, and join to save their wigs. — Jonathan Swift

Old men and comets have been reverenced for the same reason: their long beards, and pretences to foretell events. — Jonathan Swift

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

Reason is a very light rider, and easily shook off. — Jonathan Swift

The common fluency of speech in many men, and most women, is owing to a scarcity of matter and a scarcity of words; for whosoever is a master of language, and hath a mind full of ideas, will be apt, in speaking, to hesitate upon the choice of both. — Jonathan Swift

It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into. — Jonathan Swift

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

If Heaven had looked upon riches to be a valuable thing, it would not have given them to such a scoundrel. — Jonathan Swift

And surely 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. — Jonathan Swift

The best Maxim I know in this life is, to drink your Coffee when you can, and when you cannot, to be easy without it. — Jonathan Swift

Invention is the talent of youth, as judgment is of age. — Jonathan Swift

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

Those dreams that on the silent night intrude, and with false flitting shapes our minds delude ... are mere productions of the brain. And fools consult interpreters in vain. — Jonathan Swift

I would rather be a freeman among slaves than a slave among freemen. — Jonathan Swift

Simplicity, without which no human performance can arrive at perfection. — Jonathan Swift

I must complain the cards are ill shuffled till I have a good hand. — Jonathan Swift

I wonder what fool it was that first invented kissing. — Jonathan Swift

Religion seems to have grown an infant with age, and requires miracles to nurse it, as it had in its infancy. — Jonathan Swift

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

It is remarkable with what Christian fortitude and resignation we can bear the suffering of other folks. — Jonathan Swift

Poor nations are hungry, and rich nations are proud; and pride and hunger will ever be at variance. — Jonathan Swift

What they do in heaven we are ignorant of; what they do not do we are told expressly. — Jonathan Swift

Arbitrary power is but the first natural step from anarchy, or the savage life. — Jonathan Swift

There seems to be no part of knowledge in fewer hands than that of discerning when to have done. — Jonathan Swift

Modesty may make a fool seem a man of sense. — Jonathan Swift

So endless and exorbitant are the desires of men that they will grasp at all, and can form no scheme of perfect happiness with less. — Jonathan Swift

There were many times my pants were so thin I could sit on a dime and tell if it was heads or tails. — Jonathan Swift

Where I am not understood, it shall be concluded that something very useful and profound is couched underneath. — Jonathan Swift

The two noblest of things, which are sweetness and light. — Jonathan Swift

It is the folly of too many to mistake the echo of a London coffee-house for the voice of the kingdom. — Jonathan Swift

Don't set your wit against a child. — Jonathan Swift

Nothing is so great an instance of ill-manners as flattery. — Jonathan Swift

Life Lessons by Jonathan Swift

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  1. Jonathan Swift taught us to think critically and to question the status quo, encouraging us to challenge authority and to never accept the world as it is.
  2. He also showed us the importance of using satire and wit to make a point, and to never be afraid to express our opinions.
  3. Lastly, he reminded us to never lose sight of our own morality and to always strive to do what is right, no matter the cost.

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