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Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift (30 November 1667 - 19 October 1745) was an Irish writer and satirist. Swift is probably the foremost prose satirist in the English language, although he is also well known for his poetry and essays.
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May you live all the days of your life.

Jonathan Swift

Every dog must have his day.

Jonathan Swift

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

Jonathan Swift

Fine words! I wonder where you stole them.

Jonathan Swift

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.

Jonathan Swift

When a true genius appears in this world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.

Jonathan Swift

We have enough religion to hate each other, but not enough to love each other.

Jonathan Swift

Happiness is the perpetual possession of being well deceived.

Jonathan Swift

There is nothing in this world constant, but inconsistancy.

Jonathan Swift

As blushing will sometimes make a whore pass for a virtuous woman, so modesty may make a fool seem a man of sense.

Jonathan Swift

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

Jonathan Swift

Ambition often puts men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same posture with creeping.

Jonathan Swift

Faith! He must make his stories shorter or change his comrades once a quarter.

Jonathan Swift

It is in men as in soils where sometimes there is a vein of gold which the owner knows not.

Jonathan Swift

Invention is the talent of youth, as judgment is of age.

Jonathan Swift

I always love to begin a journey on Sundays, because I shall have the prayers of the church, to preserve all that travel by land, or by water.

Jonathan Swift

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.

Jonathan Swift

No wise man ever wished to be younger.

Jonathan Swift

I wonder what fool it was that first invented kissing.

Jonathan Swift

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

Jonathan Swift

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

Jonathan Swift

And he gave it for his opinion, that whoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass, to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would deserve better of mankind, and do more essential service to his country, than the whole race of politicians put together.

Jonathan Swift

Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.

Jonathan Swift

He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.

Jonathan Swift

A nice man is a man of nasty ideas.

Jonathan Swift
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