Quotes by Jonathan Swift

  • So naturalists observe, a flea has smaller fleas that on him prey; and these have smaller fleas to bite ‘em, and so proceed ad infinitum.


    Animals

  • I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed.


    Shame

  • Faith, that’s as well said as if I had said it myself.


    Conversation, Talk

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


    Satire

  • You cannot reason a person out of something they were not reasoned into.


    Reason

  • Promises and pie crust are made to be broken.


    Promises

  • If a lie be believed if only for an hour it has done its work.


    Lies

  • How haughtily he lifts his nose to tell what every schoolboy knows.


    Foolishness

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


    Dress

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


    Deception

  • What is the conscience but a pair of breeches which, while it serves as a cloak both for lewdness and nastiness, may be readily let down in the service of either.


    Conscience