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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A wise person should have money in their head but not in their heart.

One enemy can do more hurt than ten friends can do good.

Laws are like cobwebs which may catch small flies but let wasps and hornets break through.

We are so fond on one another because our ailments are the same.

I never wonder to see men wicked but I often wonder to see them not ashamed.

Better belly burst than good liquor be lost.

Blessed is he who expects nothing for he shall never be disappointed.

Principally I hate and detest that animal called man, although I heartily love John Peter Thomas and so forth.

He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.

If Heaven had looked upon riches to be a valuable thing it would not have given them to such a scoundrel.

The power of fortune is confessed only by the miserable for the happy impute all their success to prudence or merit.

Where there are large powers with little ambition... nature may be said to have fallen short of her purposes.

There is nothing constant in this world but inconsistency.

I never saw heard nor read that the clergy were beloved in any nation where Christianity was the religion of the country. Nothing can render them popular but some degree of persecution.

No wise man ever wished to be younger.

What they do in heaven we are ignorant of, what they do not do we are told expressly.

No man was ever so completely skilled in the conduct of life as not to receive new information from age and experience.

Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.

The stoical scheme of supplying our wants by lopping off our desires is like cutting off our feet when we want shoes.

As love without esteem is capricious and volatile, esteem without love is languid and cold.

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