Daniel Defoe Quotes

He that makes his pleasure be his business, will never make his business be a pleasure.

Necessity makes an honest man a knave.

Justice is always violent to the party offending, for every man is innocent in his own eyes.

Wise Men affirm it is the English way, Never to Grumble till they come to Pay; And then they always think, their Temper’s such, The Work too little, and the Pay too much. As frighted Patients, when they want a Cure, Bid any Price, and any Pain endure: But when the Doctor’s Remedies appear, The […]

Wherever God erects a house of prayer, The Devil always builds a chapel there; And ’twill be found, upon examination, The latter has the largest congregation.

London, as a city only, and as its walls and liberties line it out, might, indeed, be viewed in a small compass; but, when I speak of London, now in the modern acceptation, you expect I shall take in all that vast mass of buildings, reaching from Black-Wall in the east, to Tot-Hill Fields in […]

‘Tis no sin to cheat the devil.

An army of stags led by a lion is more to be feared than an army of lions led by a stag.

An Englishman will fairly drink as much As will maintain two families of Dutch.

Middle age is youth without levity, and age without decay.