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DANIEL DEFOE
English journalist and novelist
(1661? - 1671)
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A rich man is an honest man, no thanks to him, for he would be a double knave to cheat mankind when he had no need of it.
      - [Honesty]

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

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 of as we can use.
      - [Possession]

And lords whose parents were the Lord knows who!
      - [Aristocracy]

Blood follows blood.
      - [Blood]

Friends are good,--good, if well chosen.
      - [Associates]

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.
      - [Commanders]

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

Middle age is youth without levity, and age without decay.
      - [Middle Age]

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

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

We are very fond of some families because they can be traced beyond the Conquest, whereas indeed the farther back, the worse, as being the nearer allied to a race of robbers and thieves.
      - [Ancestry]

We lov'd the doctrine for the teachers sake.
      - [Teachers]

Wherever God erects, a house of prayer,
  The Devil always builds a chapel there:
    And 'twill be found upon examination;
      The latter has the largest congregation.
      - [Churches]

The best of men cannot suspend their fate:
  The good die early, and the bad die late.
      - Character of the late Dr. S. Annesley
        [Death]

What is bred in the bone will not come out of the flesh.
      - quoted by
        Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
        [Nature]

'Tis no sin to cheat the devil.
      - History of the Devil (pt. ii, ch. 10)
        [Devil]

My True Name is so well known in the Records, or Registers at Newgate, and in the Old-Baily, and there are some things of such Consequence still depending there, relating to my particular Conduct, that it is not to be expected I should set my Name, or the Account of my Family to this Work; perhaps, after my Death it may be better known, at present it would not be proper, no, not tho' a general Pardon should be issued, even without Exceptions and reserve of Persons or Crimes.
      - Moll Flanders [Books (First Lines)]

I was born in the Year 1632, in the City of York, of a good Family, tho' not of that Country, my Father being a Foreigner of Bremen, who settled first at Hull; He got a good Estate by Merchandise, and leaving off his Trade, lived afterward at York, from whence he had married my Mother, whose Relations were named Robinson, a very good Family in that Country, and from whom I was called Robinson Kreutznaer; but by the usual Corruption of Words in England, we are now called, nay we call ourselves, and write our Name Crusoe, and so my Companions always call'd me.
      - Robinson Crusoe [Books (First Lines)]

Whenever God erects a house of prayer
  The devil always builds a chapel there;
    And 'twill be found, upon examination,
      The latter has the largest congregation.
      - The True Born Englishman (pt. I, l. 1)
        [Churches]

Great families of yesterday we show,
  And lords whose parents were the Lord knows who.
      - The True-Born Englishman (part I, l. 372)
        [Ancestry]


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