Aphorisms by author: Jonathan Swift

Happiness is the perpetual possession of being well deceived.
By theme : Cynicism Happiness
When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.
By theme : Society Person
Most women like flattery due to a high opinion about themselves.
By theme : Psychology Women
One of the best rules in conversation is never to say a thing which any of the company can reasonably wish had been left unsaid.
By theme : Behavior Relations Society
May you live all the days of your life.
By theme : Life
No wise man ever wished to be younger.
By theme : Wisdom Youth
Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent.
By theme : Relations Society
In men desire begets love, and in women love begets desire.
By theme : Love Men Relations Women
As blushing will sometimes make a whore pass for a virtuous woman, so modesty may make a fool seem a man of sense.
By theme : Behavior Feelings Psychology
The man who can make two ears of corn or two blades of grass grow on the spot where only one grew before, world deserve better of mankind and render more essential service to the country than the whole race of politicians put together.
By theme : Society
Every creature lives in a state of war by nature.
By theme : Life Nature War
One enemy can do more hurt than ten friends can do good.
By theme : Relations
Common fluency of speech in many men and most women is owing to a scarcity of matter.
By theme : Men Psychology Women
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.
By theme : Behavior Psychology
Good manners is the art of making those people easy with whom we converse.
By theme : Behavior
The stoical scheme of supplying our wants by lopping off our desires is like cutting off our feet when we want shoes.
By theme : Truth Wisdom
We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.
By theme : Behavior Religion
If a proud man makes me keep my distance, the comfort is that he keeps his at the same time.
By theme : Relations Society
The reason why so few marriages are happy is because young ladies spend their time in making nets, not in making cages.
By theme : Happiness Marriage
Vision is the art of seeing the invisible.
By theme : Art Creativity
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