Jonathan Swift

an English satirist born in Ireland (1667-1745)

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It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.Rate it:
May you live all the days of your life.Rate it:
I row after health like a waterman...Rate it:
A footman may swear; but he cannot swear like a lord. He can swear as often: but can he swear with equal delicacy, propriety, and judgment?Rate it:
A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart.Rate it:
Ambition often puts men upon doing the meanest offices so climbing is performed in the same posture with creeping.Rate it:
Argument is the worst sort of conversation.Rate it:
As blushing will sometimes make a whore pass for a virtuous woman, so modesty may make a fool seem a man of sense.Rate it:
Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent.Rate it:
Faith he must make his stories shorter Or change his comrades once a quarter.Rate it:
Fine words! I wonder where you stole them.Rate it:
Happiness is the perpetual possession of being well deceived.Rate it:
He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.Rate it:
How is it possible to expect mankind to take advice when they will not so much as take warningRate it:
Human brutes, like other beasts, find snares and poison in the provision of life, and are allured by their appetites to their destruction.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed.Rate it:
I wonder what fool it was that first invented kissing.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
It is in men as in soils where sometimes there is a vein of gold which the owner knows not of.Rate it:
May you live every day of your life.Rate it:
No wise man ever wished to be younger.Rate it:
Nor do they trust their tongue alone, but speak a language of their own; can read a nod, a shrug, a look, far better than a printed book; convey a libel in a frown, and wink a reputation down.Rate it:
Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches as to conceive how others can be in want.Rate it:
One of the best rules in conversation is, never to say a thing which any of the company can reasonably wish had been left unsaid.Rate it:
Reason is a very light rider, and easily shook off.Rate it:
Some people take more care to hide their wisdom than their folly.Rate it:
The stoical scheme of supplying our wants by lopping off our desires, is like cutting off our feet when we want shoes.Rate it:
The two maxims of any great man at court are, always to keep his countenance and never to keep his work.Rate it:
Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.Rate it:
We have enough religion to hate each other, but not enough to love each other.Rate it:
We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love on another.Rate it:
We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love, one another.Rate it:
What they do in heaven we are ignorant of; what they do not do we are told expressly.Rate it:
When a true genius appears in the world you may know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in confederacy against him.Rate it:
When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.Rate it:
When a true genius appears in this world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.Rate it:

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