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Inspirational quotes by Daniel Defoe on leadership, life, nature, learning and justice.

42 Greatest Quotes By Daniel Defoe, The Author Of Robinson Crusoe

Quick Facts

Famous As: Trader

Born On: September 13, 1660

Died On: April 24, 1731

Born In: London, England

Died At Age: 70

There is no denying the fact that we all have grown up reading the tales of the Life of Robinson Crusoe. The challenges, pursuits and adventures of York mariner Crusoe who spent more than thirty years on an un-inhabitated island before being rescued by other travellers is a story that we all have known since the time we opened ourselves to reading books. But did you know that the man, Robinson Crusoe actually never existed? Yes, as unbelievable as this may seem to be, Robinson Crusoe is actually a fiction character crafted out of the mind of the greatest storyteller of the 18th century, Daniel Defoe. A failed merchant and an unsuccessful English businessman, Defoe wrote political pamphlets in his part-time but soon landed himself in jail for slander. It was eventually that Defoe turned his pen to writing fiction. He penned Robinson Crusoe, thus starting a legacy that has permanently etched a mark on the world of literature. It marked the beginning of realistic fiction as a literary genre and became one of the most widely read and influential novels of all time. Defoe was the earliest proponent of novels and is counted amongst the founders of English novel. A prolific, versatile and productive writer, Defoe penned more than five hundred books, pamphlets and journals in his lifetime, covering politics, crime, religion, marriage, psychology, and the supernatural. While his books are highly recommended for reading so are his quotes that say a lot about life and living in limited words. Browse through this section and update yourself with some of the best known quotes by Daniel Defoe covering a wide variety of aspects.

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It is never too late to be wise.

Daniel Defoe

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

Daniel Defoe

Expect nothing and you'll always be surprised

Daniel Defoe

Fear of danger is ten thousand times more terrifying than danger itself.

Daniel Defoe

I saw the Cloud, though I did not foresee the Storm.

Daniel Defoe

Thus fear of danger is ten thousand times more terrifying than danger itself.

Daniel Defoe

I hear much of people's calling out to punish the guilty, but very few are concerned to clear the innocent.

Daniel Defoe

Thus we never see the true state of our condition till it is illustrated to us by its contraries, nor know how to value what we enjoy, but by the want of it.

Daniel Defoe

Today we love what tomorrow we hate, today we seek what tomorrow we shun, today we desire what tomorrow we fear, nay, even tremble at the apprehensions of.

Daniel Defoe

He that hath truth on his side is a fool as well as a coward if he is afraid to own it because fo other mens's opinions.

Daniel Defoe

Thus fear of danger is ten thousand times more terrifying than danger itself when apparent to the eyes ; and we find the burden of anxiety greater, by much, than the evil which we are anxious about : ...

Daniel Defoe

Redemption from sin is greater then redemption from affliction.

Daniel Defoe

Tis very strange men should be so fond of being wickeder than they are.

Daniel Defoe

I am giving an account of what was, not of what ought or ought not to be.

Daniel Defoe

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

Daniel Defoe

And I add this part here, to hint to whoever shall read it, that whenever they come to a true Sense of things, they will find Deliverance from Sin a much greater Blessing than Deliverance from Affliction.

Daniel Defoe

For sudden Joys, like Griefs, confound at first.

Daniel Defoe

All evils are to be considered with the good that is in them, and with what worse attends them.

Daniel Defoe

Books are useful only to such whose genius are suitable to the subject of them

Daniel Defoe

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.

Daniel Defoe

I had been tricked once by that Cheat called love, but the Game was over...

Daniel Defoe

And now I saw, tho' too late, the Folly of beginning a Work before we count the Cost; and before we judge rightly of our own Strength to go through with it.

Daniel Defoe

This grieved me heartily ; and now I saw, though too late, the folly of beginning a work before we count the cost, and before we judge rightly of our own strength to go through with it.

Daniel Defoe

Wait on the Lord, and be of good cheer, and he shall strengthen thy heart; wait, I say, on the Lord.

Daniel Defoe

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

Daniel Defoe

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

Daniel Defoe

Misfortunes seldom come alone.

Daniel Defoe

And so my story begins, like so many stories, with a woman

Daniel Defoe

And in that one night's wickedness I drowned all my repentance,all my reflections upon my past conduct,and all my resolution for the future.

Daniel Defoe

And of all the plagues with which mankind are cursed, Ecclesiastic tyranny's the worst.

Daniel Defoe

Tis very strange Men should be so fond of being thought more wicked than they are.

Daniel Defoe

...For now I had five children by him: the only work perhaps that fools are good for.

Daniel Defoe

Call on me in the day of trouble, and I will deliver, and thou shalt glorify me.

Daniel Defoe

Ne poznavajući opasnost koja mi prijeti, bio sam jednako sretan kao da je zapravo i nije bilo.

Daniel Defoe

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

Daniel Defoe

...as this is ordinarily the fate of young heads, so reflection upon the folly of it, is as ordinarily the exercise of more years, or of the dear-bought experience of time....

Daniel Defoe

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.

Daniel Defoe

Now I wished for my boy Xury, and the long boat with the shoulder of mutton sail, with which I sailed above a thousand miles on the coast of Africk; but this was in vain.

Daniel Defoe

It is as reasonable to represent one kind of imprisonment by another as it is to represent anything that really exists by that which exists not.

Daniel Defoe

My father, a wise and grave man, gave me serious and excellent counsel against what he foresaw was my design.

Daniel Defoe

I had never handled a tool in my life, and yet in time, by labour, application, and contrivance, I found at last that I wanted nothing but I could have made it.

Daniel Defoe