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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Positiveness is a good quality for preachers and speakers because whoever shares his thoughts with the public will convince them as he himself appears convinced.

A wise man should have money in his head but not in his heart.

Good manners is the art of making those people easy with whom we converse. Whoever makes the fewest people uneasy is the best bred in the room.

There are few very few that will own themselves in a mistake.

Words are but wind, and learning is nothing but words, ergo learning is nothing but wind.

For in reason all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery.

It is impossible that anything so natural so necessary and so universal as death should ever have been designed by providence as an evil to mankind.

The proper words in the proper places are the true definition of style.

Power is no blessing in itself except when it is used to protect the innocent.

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