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Daniel Defoe
1660 - 1731
Nationality: English
Category: Journalist
Subcategory: English Journalist

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


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


Necessity makes an honest man a knave.


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


All men would be tyrants if they could.


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


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


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


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


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


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.


Pride the first peer and president of hell.


'Tis no sin to cheat the devil.


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.


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


He that is rich is wise.


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