It is the folly of too many to mistake the echo of a London coffee-house for the voice of the kingdom.
Men are happy to be laughed at for their humor, but not for their folly.
Every man desires to live long, but no man wishes to be old.
Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.
Positiveness is a good quality for preachers and speakers because, whoever shares his thoughts with the public will convince them as he himself appears convinced.
If Heaven had looked upon riches to be a valuable thing, it would not have given them to such a scoundrel.
Once kick the world, and the world and you will live together at a reasonably good understanding.
Interest is the spur of the people, but glory that of great souls. Invention is the talent of youth, and judgment of age.
Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches as to conceive how others can be in want.
It is impossible that anything so natural, so necessary, and so universal as death, should ever have been designed by providence as an evil to mankind.
Invention is the talent of youth, as judgment is of age.
The want of belief is a defect that ought to be concealed when it cannot be overcome.
Poor nations are hungry, and rich nations are proud; and pride and hunger will ever be at variance.
No man was ever so completely skilled in the conduct of life, as not to receive new information from age and experience.
A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart.
The latter part of a wise person's life is occupied with curing the follies, prejudices and false opinions they contracted earlier.
Words are but wind; and learning is nothing but words; ergo, learning is nothing but wind.
The power of fortune is confessed only by the miserable, for the happy impute all their success to prudence or merit.
The stoical scheme of supplying our wants by lopping off our desires, is like cutting off our feet when we want shoes.
Principally I hate and detest that animal called man; although I heartily love John, Peter, Thomas, and so forth.
He was a fiddler, and consequently a rogue.
Politics, as the word is commonly understood, are nothing but corruptions.
There were many times my pants were so thin I could sit on a dime and tell if it was heads or tails.
What they do in heaven we are ignorant of; what they do not do we are told expressly.
I never saw, heard, nor read, that the clergy were beloved in any nation where Christianity was the religion of the country. Nothing can render them popular, but some degree of persecution.
No wise man ever wished to be younger.
One enemy can do more hurt than ten friends can do good.
Although men are accused of not knowing their own weakness, yet perhaps few know their own strength. It is in men as in soils, where sometimes there is a vein of gold which the owner knows not of.
I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed.
Promises and pie-crust are made to be broken.
Where I am not understood, it shall be concluded that something very useful and profound is couched underneath.
A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying... that he is wiser today than yesterday.
For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery.
Human brutes, like other beasts, find snares and poison in the provision of life, and are allured by their appetites to their destruction.
We are so fond on one another because our ailments are the same.
Most sorts of diversion in men, children and other animals, are in imitation of fighting.
Power is no blessing in itself, except when it is used to protect the innocent.
Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
Nothing is so great an example of bad manners as flattery. If you flatter all the company, you please none; If you flatter only one or two, you offend the rest.
The best doctors in the world are Doctor Diet, Doctor Quiet, and Doctor Merryman.
It is a maxim among these lawyers, that whatever hath been done before, may legally be done again: and therefore they take special care to record all the decisions formerly made against common justice and the general reason of mankind.
When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him.
Good manners is the art of making those people easy with whom we converse. Whoever makes the fewest people uneasy is the best bred in the room.
He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.
Vanity is a mark of humility rather than of pride.
There is nothing constant in this world but inconsistency.
Better belly burst than good liquor be lost.
The proper words in the proper places are the true definition of style.
We have enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.
I never knew a man come to greatness or eminence who lay abed late in the morning.
Jonathan Swiftwas an Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer, poet and cleric who became Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin...