Jonathan Swift

1667 - 1745

A Quote by Jonathan Swift

There are few wild beasts more to be dreaded than a talking man having nothing to say.

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

Source: Albert W. Daw Collection

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift

Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own.

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

Source: The Battle of the Books

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift on custom, emptiness, and violence

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 (1667 - 1745)

Source: Preface.

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift on maxims

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

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

Source: Tale of a Tub. Dedication.

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift on death, time, and world

But you think. . . that it is time for me to have done with the world, and so I would if I could get into a better before I was called into the best, and not die here in a rage, like a poisoned rat in a hole.

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift on gold, men, strength, and weakness

Although men are accused of not knowing their own weakness, yet perhaps few know their own strength. It is in men as in soils, where sometimes there is a vein of gold which the owner knows not of.

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift on good

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The sight of you is good for sore eyes.

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

Source: Polite Conversation. Dialogue i.

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift

'T is as cheap sitting as standing.

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

Source: Polite Conversation. Dialogue i.

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift on style and words

Proper words in proper places, make the true definition of style.

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

Source: Letter to a Young Clergyman, 9 Jan. 1720

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift on mankind

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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 light.

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

Source: The Battle of the Books

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