Jonathan Swift

1667 - 1745

A Quote by Jonathan Swift on corn, grow, politicians, mankind, help, and farmer

Whoever makes two ears of corn, or two blades of grass to grow where only one grew before, deserves better of mankind, and does more essential service to his country than the whole race of politicians put together.

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift on genius, intelligence, ability, importance, and truth

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

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

Source: Thoughts on Various Subjects (1711)

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift on clarity, friendship, garden, life, plants, and wishes

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 (1667 - 1745)

Source: Imitation of Horace. Book ii. Sat. 6.

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift on art and vision

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Vision: the art of seeing the invisible.

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift on books and children

Books, the children of the brain.

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

Source: A Tale of a Tub, 1704

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift on age, beginning, learning, love, politics, religion, and youth

If a man should register all his opinions upon love, politics, religion, learning, etc., beginning from his youth, and so go on to old age, what a bundle of inconsistencies and contradictions would appear at last.

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift on time

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Our passions are like convulsion fits, which, though they make us stronger for the time, leave us the weaker ever after.

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift on desires

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

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift

A penny for your thoughts.

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

Source: Introduction to Polite Conversation.

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift on men and wonder

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I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed.

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

Source: Thoughts on Various Subjects

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