Jonathan Swift Quotes

Brisk talkers are usually slow thinkers. There is, indeed, no wild beast more to be dreaded than a communicative man having nothing to communicate. If you are civil to the voluble, they will abuse your patience; if brusque, your character.

If a proud man makes me keep my distance, the comfort is that he keeps his at the same time.

If Christianity were once abolished, how would the Free-Thinkers, the strong Reasoners, and the Men of profound Learning be able to find another Subject so calculated in all Points whereon to display their Abilities. What wonderful Productions of Wit should we be deprived of, from those whose Genius, by continual Practice hath been wholly turned […]

Books, the children of the brain.

Argument, as usually managed, is the worst sort of conversation, as in books it is generally the worst sort of reading.

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

When the belly is full, the bones would be at rest.

Pride, ill nature, and want of sense are the three great sources of ill manners; without some one of these defects, no man will behave himself ill for want of experience, or what, in the language of fools, is called knowing the world.

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.

She wears her clothes as if they are thrown on with a pitchfork.