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Daniel Defoe Quotes


An English writer, journalist and spy, who gained enduring fame for his novel Robinson Crusoe.
(1660 - 1731)

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'Tis no sin to cheat the devil.
 

All men would be tyrants if they could.
 

All our discontents about what we want appeared to spring from the want of thankfulness for what we have.
 

All the good things of this world are no further good than as they are of use; and whatever we may heap up to give to others, we enjoy only as much as we can make useful to ourselves and others, and no more.
[Usefulness]
 

An Englishman will fairly drink as much As will maintain two families of Dutch.
 

And lords, whose parents were the Lord knows who.
[Aristocracy]
 

As covetousness is the root of all evil, so poverty is the worst of all snares.
 

He that is rich is wise.
 

He that opposes his own judgment against the consent of the times ought to be backed with unanswerable truths; and he that has truth on his side is a fool, as well as a coward, if he is afraid to own it because of other men's opinions.
[Truth]
 

I have often thought of it as one of the most barbarous customs in the world, considering us as a civilized and a Christian country, that we deny the advantages of learning to women.
 

In trouble to be troubled, Is to have your trouble doubled.
 

It is better to have a lion at the head of an army of sheep, than a sheep at the head of an army of lions.
 

Justice is always violent to the party offending, for every man is innocent in his own eyes.
 

Middle age is youth without its levity, And age without decay.
 

Nature has left this tincture in the blood, That all men would be tyrants if they could.
 

Necessity makes an honest man a knave.
 

Pride the first peer and president of hell.
[Pride]
 

The best of men cannot suspend their fate: The good die early, and the bad die late.
 

The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond, and must be polished, or the luster of it will never appear.
 

Vice came in always at the door of necessity, not at the door of inclination.
 


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