Jonathan Swift Quotes

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

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

- Jonathan Swift

A wife should be always a reasonable and agreeable companion, because she cannot always be young.

- Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels

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

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

- Jonathan Swift

# Religion

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

- Jonathan Swift

May you live every day of your life.

- Jonathan Swift

# Life

Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.

- Jonathan Swift

Books, the children of the brain.

- Jonathan Swift

# Books

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

- Jonathan Swift

Reasoning will never make a man correct an ill opinion, which by reasoning he never acquired.

- Jonathan Swift

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

- Jonathan Swift

# Writing

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

- Jonathan Swift

He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.

- Jonathan Swift

# Funny

The latter part of a wise person's life is occupied with curing the follies, prejudices and false opinions they contracted earlier.

- Jonathan Swift

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

- Jonathan Swift

Punning is a talent which no man affects to despise but he that is without it.

- Jonathan Swift

Coffee makes us severe, and grave and philosophical.

- Jonathan Swift

As blushing will sometimes make a whore pass for a virtuous woman, so modesty may make a fool seem a man of sense.

- Jonathan Swift