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)
Contributed by: Zaady
It is a maxim, that those to whom everybody allows the second place have an undoubted title to the first.
Source: Tale of a Tub. Dedication.
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.
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.
The sight of you is good for sore eyes.
Source: Polite Conversation. Dialogue i.
'T is as cheap sitting as standing.
Proper words in proper places, make the true definition of style.
Source: Letter to a Young Clergyman, 9 Jan. 1720
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.
Source: The Battle of the Books
There are few wild beasts more to be dreaded than a talking man having nothing to say.
Source: Albert W. Daw Collection
Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own.
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