Jonathan Swift

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Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift

Every man desires to live long, but no man wishes to be old.More Jonathan Swift [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A lie is an excuse guarded.More Jonathan Swift [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
When a true genius appears in this world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.More Jonathan Swift [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.More Jonathan Swift [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Jonathan Swift [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent.More Jonathan Swift [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches to conceive how others can be in want.More Jonathan Swift [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
She wears her clothes as if they were thrown on with a pitch folk.More Jonathan Swift [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The most positive men are the most credulous.More Jonathan Swift [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The best doctors in the world are Doctor Diet, Doctor Quiet, and Doctor Merryman.More Jonathan Swift [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I never knew a man come to greatness or eminence who lay abed late in the morning.More Jonathan Swift [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Jonathan Swift [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Your notions of friendship are new to me; I believe every man is born with his quantum, and he cannot give to one without robbing another. I very well know to whom I would give the first place in my friendship, but they are not in the way, I am condemned to another scene, and therefore I distribute it in pennyworths to those about me, and who displease me least, and should do the same to my fellow prisoners if I were condemned to a jail.More Jonathan Swift [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Pretense is the overrating of any kind of knowledge we pretend to.More Jonathan Swift [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Two friendships in two breasts requires The same aversions and desires.More Jonathan Swift [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I will venture to affirm, that the three seasons wherein our corn has miscarried did no more contribute to our present misery, than one spoonful of water thrown upon a rat already drowned would contribute to his death; and that the present plentiful harvest, although it should be followed by a dozen ensuing, would no more restore us, than it would the rat aforesaid to put him near the fire, which might indeed warm his fur-coat, but never bring him back to life.More Jonathan Swift [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
All human race would be wits. And millions miss, for one that hits.More Jonathan Swift [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Jonathan Swift [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I wonder what fool it was that first invented kissing.More Jonathan Swift [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
In the school of political projectors, I was but ill entertained, the professors appearing, in my judgment, wholly out of their senses; which is a scene that never fails to make me melancholy. These unhappy people were proposing schemes for persuading monarchs to choose favorites upon the score of their wisdom, capacity, and virtue; of teaching ministers to consult the public good; of rewarding merit, great abilities, and eminent services, of instructing princes to know their true interest, by placing it on the same foundation with that of their people; of choosing for employment persons qualified to exercise them; with many other wild impossible chimeras, that never entered before into the heart of man to conceive; and confirmed in me the old observation, that there is nothing so extravagant and irrational which some philosophers have not maintained for truth.More Jonathan Swift [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Jonathan Swift [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Poor nations are hungry, and rich nations are proud; and pride and hunger will ever be at variance.More Jonathan Swift [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Men are happy to be laughed at for their humor, but not for their folly.More Jonathan Swift [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is a maxim among these lawyers, that whatever hath been done before, may legally be done again: and therefore they take special care to record all the decisions formerly made against common justice and the general reason of mankind.More Jonathan Swift [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The two maxims of any great man at court are, always to keep his countenance and never to keep his work.More Jonathan Swift [01/01/2000 12:01:00]

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