Jonathan Swift Quotes

Ambition often puts men upon doing the meanest offices: so climbing is performed in the same posture with creeping.

Whoever makes two ears of corn, or two blades of grass to grow where only one grew before, deserves better of mankind, and does more essential service to his country than the whole race of politicians put together.

Every man desires to live long; but no man would be old.

Deaf, giddy, helpless, left alone, To all my friends a burden grown; No more I hear my church’s bell Than if it rang out for my knell; At thunder now no more I start Than at the rumbling of a cart; And, what’s incredible, alack! No more I hear a woman’s clack.

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

When a true genius appears in this world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.

How is it possible to expect mankind to take advice when they will not so much as take warning?