23 Inspiring Daniel Defoe Quotes to Improve Yourself

Updated: Jul 28

Birth: 1660, London, United Kingdom

Death: 24 April 1731, London, United Kingdom


Daniel Defoe was born in London in 1660. He lived a life full of various difficulties and dangers. He participated in the uprising launched in 1685 against the second James, king of England. He worked as a merchant, fabricator, government official and even a spy at various times in his life.


He decided to work as a journalist at the age of 40 and started writing novels a few years later. Daniel Defoe presented dozens of well-known works such as "Robinson Crusoe", "Moll Flanders" and "A tour thro 'the whole island of Great Britain" to the world of literature. He went to jail many times for his hard attitude in the political booklets he published. He died in London, where he was born in 1731.



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
...For now I had five children by him: the only work perhaps that fools are good for./Daniel Defoe
“Expect nothing and you'll always be surprised” /Daniel Defoe
My father, a wise and grave man, gave me serious and excellent counsel against what he foresaw was my design./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


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
Call on me in the day of trouble, and I will deliver, and thou shalt glorify me./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
“I saw the Cloud, though I did not foresee the Storm.” /Daniel Defoe
And of all the plagues with which mankind are cursed, Ecclesiastic tyranny's the worst./Daniel Defoe


“Those people cannot enjoy comfortably what God has given them because they see and covet what He has not given them. All of our discontents for what we want appear to me to spring from want of thankfulness for what we have.” /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
“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
And so my story begins, like so many stories, with a woman./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


The best of men cannot defend their fate: the good die early, the bad die late./Daniel Defoe
“I have since often observed, how incongruous and irrational the common temper of mankind is, especially of youth ... that they are not ashamed to sin, and yet are ashamed to repent; not ashamed of the action for which they ought justly to be esteemed fools, but are ashamed of the returning, which only can make them be esteemed wise men.” /Daniel Defoe
Misfortunes seldom come alone./Daniel Defoe
“I learned to look more upon the bright side of my condition, and less upon the dark side, and to consider what I enjoyed, rather than what I wanted : and this gave me sometimes such secret comforts, that I cannot express them ; and which I take notice of here, to put those discontented people in mind of it, who cannot enjoy comfortably what God has given them, because they see and covet something that he has not given them. All our discontents about what we want appeared to me to spring from the want of thankfulness for what we have.” /Daniel Defoe
Nature has left this tincture in the blood, That all men would e tyrants if they could./Daniel Defoe

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