Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift (30 November 1667 – 19 October 1745) was an Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer, poet and cleric who became Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin. Swift is remembered for works such as A Tale of a Tub (1704), An Argument Against Abolishing Christianity (1712), Gulliver's Travels (1726), and A Modest Proposal (1729).

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When a true genius appears you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him.

Nothing is so great an example of bad manners as flattery. If you flatter all the company you please none, If you flatter only one or two you offend the rest.

There were many times my pants were so thin I could sit on a dime and tell if it was heads or tails.

A tavern is a place where madness is sold by the bottle.

Once kick the world and the world and you will live together at a reasonably good understanding.

Satire is a sort of glass wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own.

Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent.

Although men are accused of not knowing their own weakness yet perhaps few know their own strength. It is in men as in soils where sometimes there is a vein of gold which the owner knows not of.

Under this window in stormy weather I marry this man and woman together, Let none but Him who rules the thunder Put this man and woman asunder.

Human brutes like other beasts find snares and poison in the provision of life and are allured by their appetites to their destruction.

Most sorts of diversion in men children and other animals are in imitation of fighting.

Promises and pie-crust are made to be broken.

Interest is the spur of the people but glory that of great souls. Invention is the talent of youth and judgment of age.

The latter part of a wise person's life is occupied with curing the follies prejudices and false opinions they contracted earlier.

Men are happy to be laughed at for their humor but not for their folly.

A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong which is but saying... that he is wiser today than yesterday.

He was a fiddler and consequently a rogue.

Where I am not understood it shall be concluded that something very useful and profound is couched underneath.

Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches as to conceive how others can be in want.

Politics as the word is commonly understood are nothing but corruptions.

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