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Bartlett's Familiar Quotations

A Collection of Passages, Phrases, and Proverbs Traced to Their Sources in Ancient and Modern Literature


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Author: Jonathan Swift
I ’ve often wish’d that I had clear,
For life, six hundred pounds a year;
A handsome house to lodge a friend;
A river at my garden’s end;
A terrace walk, and half a rood
Of land set out to plant a wood.
Imitation of Horace. Book ii. Sat. 6.

Author: Jonathan Swift
So geographers, in Afric maps,
With savage pictures fill their gaps,
And o’er unhabitable downs
Place elephants for want of towns.
Poetry, a Rhapsody.

Author: Jonathan Swift
Where Young must torture his invention
To flatter knaves, or lose his pension.
Poetry, a Rhapsody.

Author: Jonathan Swift
Hobbes clearly proves that every creature
Lives in a state of war by nature.
Poetry, a Rhapsody.

Author: Jonathan Swift
So, naturalists observe, a flea
Has smaller fleas that on him prey;
And these have smaller still to bite ’em;
And so proceed ad infinitum.
Poetry, a Rhapsody.

Author: Jonathan Swift
Libertas et natale solum:
Fine words! I wonder where you stole ’em.
Verses occasioned by Whitshed’s Motto on his Coach.

Author: Jonathan Swift
A college joke to cure the dumps.
Cassinus and Peter.

Author: Jonathan Swift
’T is an old maxim in the schools,
That flattery ’s the food of fools;
Yet now and then your men of wit
Will condescend to take a bit.
Cadenus and Vanessa.

Author: Jonathan Swift
Hail fellow, well met.
My Lady’s Lamentation.

Author: Jonathan Swift
Big-endians and small-endians.
Gulliver’s Travels. Part i. Chap. iv. Voyage to Lilliput.

Author: Jonathan Swift
And he gave it for his opinion, that whoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass, to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would deserve better of mankind, and do more essential service to his country, than the whole race
Gulliver’s Travels. Part ii. Chap. vii. Voyage to Brobdingnag.

Author: Jonathan Swift
He had been eight years upon a project for extracting sunbeams out of cucumbers, which were to be put in phials hermetically sealed, and let out to warm the air in raw inclement summers.
Gulliver’s Travels. Part iii. Chap. v. Voyage to Laputa.

Author: Jonathan Swift
It is a maxim, that those to whom everybody allows the second place have an undoubted title to the first.
Tale of a Tub. Dedication.

Author: Jonathan Swift
Seamen have a custom, when they meet a whale, to fling him out an empty tub by way of amusement, to divert him from laying violent hands upon the ship.
Tale of a Tub. Preface.

Author: Jonathan Swift
Bread is the staff of life.
Tale of a Tub. Preface.

Author: Jonathan Swift
Books, the children of the brain.
Tale of a Tub. Sect. i.

Author: Jonathan Swift
As boys do sparrows, with flinging salt upon their tails.
Tale of a Tub. Sect. vii.

Author: Jonathan Swift
He made it a part of his religion never to say grace to his meat.
Tale of a Tub. Sect. xi.

Author: Jonathan Swift
How we apples swim!
Brother Protestants.

Author: Jonathan Swift
The two noblest things, which are sweetness and light.
Battle of the Books.

Author: Jonathan Swift
The reason why so few marriages are happy is because young ladies spend their time in making nets, not in making cages.
Thoughts on Various Subjects.

Author: Jonathan Swift
Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent.
Thoughts on Various Subjects.

Author: Jonathan Swift
A nice man is a man of nasty ideas.
Thoughts on Various Subjects.

Author: Jonathan Swift
If Heaven had looked upon riches to be a valuable thing, it would not have given them to such a scoundrel.
Letter to Miss Vanbromrigh, Aug. 12, 1720.

Author: Jonathan Swift
Not die here in a rage, like a poisoned rat in a hole.
Letter to Bolingbroke, March 21, 1729.

Author: Jonathan Swift
A penny for your thoughts.
Introduction to Polite Conversation.

Author: Jonathan Swift
Do you think I was born in a wood to be afraid of an owl?
Polite Conversation. Dialogue i.

Author: Jonathan Swift
The sight of you is good for sore eyes.
Polite Conversation. Dialogue i.

Author: Jonathan Swift
’T is as cheap sitting as standing.
Polite Conversation. Dialogue i.

Author: Jonathan Swift
I hate nobody: I am in charity with the world.
Polite Conversation. Dialogue i.

Author: Jonathan Swift
I won’t quarrel with my bread and butter.
Polite Conversation. Dialogue i.

Author: Jonathan Swift
She ’s no chicken; she ’s on the wrong side of thirty, if she be a day.
Polite Conversation. Dialogue i.

Author: Jonathan Swift
She looks as if butter wou’dn’t melt in her mouth.
Polite Conversation. Dialogue i.

Author: Jonathan Swift
If it had been a bear it would have bit you.
Polite Conversation. Dialogue i.

Author: Jonathan Swift
She wears her clothes as if they were thrown on with a pitchfork.
Polite Conversation. Dialogue i.

Author: Jonathan Swift
I mean you lie—under a mistake.
Polite Conversation. Dialogue i.

Author: Jonathan Swift
Lord M. What religion is he of?
Lord Sp. Why, he is an Anythingarian.
Polite Conversation. Dialogue i.

Author: Jonathan Swift
He was a bold man that first eat an oyster.
Polite Conversation. Dialogue ii.

Author: Jonathan Swift
That is as well said as if I had said it myself.
Polite Conversation. Dialogue ii.

Author: Jonathan Swift
You must take the will for the deed.
Polite Conversation. Dialogue ii.

Author: Jonathan Swift
Fingers were made before forks, and hands before knives.
Polite Conversation. Dialogue ii.

Author: Jonathan Swift
She has more goodness in her little finger than he has in his whole body.
Polite Conversation. Dialogue ii.

Author: Jonathan Swift
Lord! I wonder what fool it was that first invented kissing.
Polite Conversation. Dialogue ii.

Author: Jonathan Swift
They say a carpenter ’s known by his chips.
Polite Conversation. Dialogue ii.

Author: Jonathan Swift
The best doctors in the world are Doctor Diet, Doctor Quiet, and Doctor Merryman.
Polite Conversation. Dialogue ii.

Author: Jonathan Swift
I ’ll give you leave to call me anything, if you don’t call me “spade.”
Polite Conversation. Dialogue ii.

Author: Jonathan Swift
May you live all the days of your life.
Polite Conversation. Dialogue ii.

Author: Jonathan Swift
I have fed like a farmer: I shall grow as fat as a porpoise.
Polite Conversation. Dialogue ii.

Author: Jonathan Swift
I always like to begin a journey on Sundays, because I shall have the prayers of the Church to preserve all that travel by land or by water.
Polite Conversation. Dialogue ii.

Author: Jonathan Swift
I know Sir John will go, though he was sure it would rain cats and dogs.
Polite Conversation. Dialogue ii.

Author: Jonathan Swift
I thought you and he were hand-in-glove.
Polite Conversation. Dialogue ii.

Author: Jonathan Swift
’T is happy for him that his father was before him.
Polite Conversation. Dialogue iii.

Author: Jonathan Swift
There is none so blind as they that won’t see.
Polite Conversation. Dialogue iii.

Author: Jonathan Swift
She watches him as a cat would watch a mouse.
Polite Conversation. Dialogue iii.

Author: Jonathan Swift
She pays him in his own coin.
Polite Conversation. Dialogue iii.

Author: Jonathan Swift
There was all the world and his wife.
Polite Conversation. Dialogue iii.

Author: Jonathan Swift
Sharp ’s the word with her.
Polite Conversation. Dialogue iii.

Author: Jonathan Swift
There ’s two words to that bargain.
Polite Conversation. Dialogue iii.

Author: Jonathan Swift
I shall be like that tree,—I shall die at the top.
Scott’s Life of Swift.



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