Invention is the talent of youth, as judgment is of age.

Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift

Profession: Author
Nationality: Irish

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Good manners is the art of making those people easy with whom we converse. Whoever makes the fewest persons uneasy is the best bred in the company.

Difference in opinions has cost many millions of lives: for instance, whether flesh be bread, or bread be flesh; whether the juice of a certain berry be blood or wine.

Gulliver describes a royal personage inspiring awe among the tiny Lilliputians because he was taller than his brethren by the breadth of a human fingernail.

A wise man is never less alone than when he is alone.

Happiness is the perpetual possession of being well deceived.

Promises and pie-crust are made to be broken.

My master and his friends continued on the shore till I was almost out of sight; and I often heard the sorrel nag (who always loved me) crying out, Hnuy illa nyha, majah Yahoo; Take care of thyself, gentle Yahoo.

The cottagers and labourers keep their children at home, their business being only to till and cultivate the earth, and therefore their education is of little consequence to the public: but.

Some people take more care to hide their wisdom than their folly.

Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.

It is a miserable thing to live in suspense; it is the life of the spider.

I knew their numbers increased.

The worst mark you can recieve is a promise, especially when it is confirmed with an oath; after which every man retires, and gives over all hopes.

Their education is of little consequence to the public; but the old and diseased among them are supported by hospitals: for begging is a trade unknown in this Empire.