Jonathan Swift (Writer)

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When I behold this I sighed, and said within myself, "Surely mortal man is a broomstick!" Nature sent him into the world strong and lusty, in a thriving condition, wearing his own hair on his head, the proper branches of this reasoning vegetable, till the axe of intemperance has lopped off his green boughs, and left him a withered trunk; he then flies to , and puts on a periwig, valuing himself upon an unnatural bundle of hairs, all covered with powder, that never grew on his head; but now should this our broomstick pretend to enter the scene, proud of those birchen spoils it never bore, and all covered with dust, through the sweepings of the finest lady's chamber, we should be apt to ridicule and despise its . Partialthat we are of our own excellencies, and other men's defaults! .

Jonathan Swift Quotes about art
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is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own. .

Jonathan Swift Quotes about body
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Instead of dirt and poison we have rather chosen to fill our hives with honey and wax; thus furnishing mankind with the two noblest of things, which are sweetness and . .

Jonathan Swift Quotes about man
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are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through. .

Jonathan Swift Quotes about lies
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There is nothing in thisconstant, but inconstancy. .

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There are few, very few, that will own themselves in a mistake, though all the World sees them to be in downright nonsense. .

Jonathan Swift Quotes about will
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And surely one of the bestinis, never to say a thing which any of the company can reasonably wish had been left unsaid… .

Jonathan Swift Quotes about reason
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'Tis very warm weather when one's in bed. .

Jonathan Swift Quotes about war
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We are so fond of one another, because our ailments are the same. .

Jonathan Swift Quotes about men
#18423 Jonathan Swift

I creditable acquaintance; I love to be the worst of the company. .

Jonathan Swift Quotes about love
#18424 Jonathan Swift

…one enemy can do more hurt, than ten friends can do good. .

Jonathan Swift Quotes about friends
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But nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches, as to conceive how others can be in want. .

Jonathan Swift Quotes about rich
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'Tis an old maxim in the schools, That flattery's theof ; Yet now and then your men ofWill condescend to take a bit. .

Jonathan Swift Quotes about men
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Properin proper places, make the true definition of a . .

Jonathan Swift Quotes about true
#18428 Jonathan Swift

will never make a man correct an ill , which by reasoning he never acquired... .

Jonathan Swift Quotes about man
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Ifhad looked upon riches to be a valuable thing, it would not have given them to such a scoundrel. .

Jonathan Swift Quotes about rich
#18430 Jonathan Swift

Sothou art, that fools thydespise; And yet so , thou triumph'st o'er the . .

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#18431 Jonathan Swift

For, in , allwithout the consent of the governed is the very definition of : but in , eleven men well armed will certainly subdue one single man in his shirt. .

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#18432 Jonathan Swift

Libertas et natale solum: Fine ! Iwhere you stole 'em. .

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#18433 Jonathan Swift

A set of phrases learnt by rote; A passion for a scarlet coat; When at a play to laugh, or cry, Yet cannot tell the reason why: Never to hold her tongue a minute; While all she prates has nothing in it. .

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#18434 Jonathan Swift

For conversation well endued; She calls it witty to be rude; And, placing raillery in railing, Will tell aloud your greatest failing. .

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#18435 Jonathan Swift

Those dreams that on the silent night intrude, and with false flitting shapes our minds delude ... are mere productions of the brain. And fools consult interpreters in vain. .

Jonathan Swift Quotes about dreams
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This evil fortune, which generally attends extraordinary men in the management of great affairs, has been imputed to divers causes, that need not be here set down, when so obvious a one occurs, if what a certain writer observes be true, that when a great genius appears in the world the dunces are all in confederacy against him. .

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Not die here in a rage, like a poisoned rat in a hole. .

Jonathan Swift Quotes about age
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I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nursed is at a year old a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled; and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricassee or a ragout. .

Jonathan Swift Quotes about food
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A child will make two dishes at an entertainment for friends; and when the family dines alone, the fore or hind quarter will make a reasonable dish, and seasoned with a little pepper or salt will be very good boiled on the fourth day, especially in winter. .

Jonathan Swift Quotes about art
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Yetnever was his aim; He lashed the vice but spared the . No individual could resent, Where thousands equally were meant. His satire points at no defect But what all mortals may correct; For he abhorred that senseless tribe Who call itwhen they gibe. .

Jonathan Swift Quotes about satire
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Then gave him some familiar Thumps, A College Joke to cure the Dumps. .

Jonathan Swift Quotes about college
#18442 Jonathan Swift

Conversation is but carving! Give no more to every guest Than he's able to digest. Give him always of the prime, And but little at a time. Carve to all but just enough, Let them neither starve nor stuff, And that you may have your due, Let your neighbor carve for you. .

Jonathan Swift Quotes about time
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Under an oak, in stormy weather, I joined this rogue and whore together; And none but he who rules the thunder Can put this rogue and whore asunder. .

Jonathan Swift Quotes about sun
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Good manners is the art of making those people easy with whom we converse. Whoever makes the fewest persons uneasy is the best bred in the company. .

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Pedantry is properly the over-rating of any kind of knowledge we pretend to. .

Jonathan Swift Quotes about knowledge
#18446 Jonathan Swift

Pride, ill nature, and want of sense, are the three great sources of ill manners. .

Jonathan Swift Quotes about nature
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I can discover no political evil in suffering bullies, sharpers, and rakes, to rid the world of each other by a method of their own; where the law hath not been able to find an expedient. .

Jonathan Swift Quotes about world
#18448 Jonathan Swift

Nothing is so great an instance of ill manners as flattery. If you flatter all the company, you please none; if you flatter only one or two, you affront the rest. .

Jonathan Swift Quotes about man
#18449 Jonathan Swift

It is impossible that any thing so natural, so necessary, and so universal as death, should ever have been designed by Providence as an evil to mankind. .

Jonathan Swift Quotes about death
#18450 Jonathan Swift

I shall be like that tree; I shall die from the top. .

Jonathan Swift Quotes about die
#18451 Jonathan Swift

Reason is a very light rider and easily shook off. .

Jonathan Swift Quotes about light
#18452 Jonathan Swift

It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into. .

Jonathan Swift Quotes about man
#18453 Jonathan Swift

Ubi saeva indignatio ulterius cor lacerare nequit .

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#18454 Jonathan Swift

Hail fellow, well met. .

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#18455 Jonathan Swift

I 've often wish'd that I had clear, For life, six hundred pounds a year; A handsome house to lodge a friend; A river at my garden's end; A terrace walk, and half a rood Of land set out to plant a wood. .

Jonathan Swift Quotes about life
#18456 Jonathan Swift

How we apples swim! .

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#18457 Jonathan Swift

It is a maxim, that those to whom everybody allows the second place have an undoubted title to the first. .

Jonathan Swift Quotes about body
#18458 Jonathan Swift

Seamen have a custom, when they meet a whale, to fling him out an empty tub by way of amusement, to divert him from laying violent hands upon the ship. .

Jonathan Swift Quotes about men
#18459 Jonathan Swift

There are certain common privileges of a writer, the benefit whereof, I hope, there will be no reason to doubt; particularly, that where I am not understood, it shall be concluded, that something very useful and profound is couched underneath; and again, that whatever word or sentence is printed in a different character, shall be judged to contain something extraordinary either or wit of sublime. .

Jonathan Swift Quotes about hope
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Bread is the staff of life. .

Jonathan Swift Quotes about life
#18461 Jonathan Swift

I have one word to say upon the subject of profound writers, who are grown very numerous of late; and I know very well the judicious world is resolved to list me in that number. I conceive therefore, as to the business of being profound, that it is with writers as with wells - a person with good eyes may see to the bottom of the deepest, provided any water be there: and often when there is nothing in the world at the bottom besides dryness and dirt, though it be but a yard and a-half under-ground, it shall pass, however, for wondrous deep upon no wiser reason than because it is wondrous dark .

Jonathan Swift Quotes about world
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Books, the children of the brain. .

Jonathan Swift Quotes about children
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As boys do sparrows, with flinging salt upon their tails. .

Jonathan Swift Quotes about wit

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