Jonathan Swift

1667 - 1745

A Quote by Jonathan Swift on animals, beauty, praise, and women

If they would, for Example, praise the Beauty of a Woman, or any other Animal, they describe it by Rhombs, Circles, Parallelograms, Ellipses, and other geometrical terms ...

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

Source: "A Voyage to Laputa" in Gulliver's Travels.

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift on inventions, kiss, and wonder

Lord, I wonder what fool it was that first invented kissing!

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

Source: Polite Conversation

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift on laws, mortality, observation, society, and understanding

It is likewise to be observed that this society hath a peculiar chant and jargon of their own, that no other mortal can understand, and wherein all their laws are written, which they take special care to multiply.

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift on belief, lies, and work

It often happens that, if a lie be believed only for an hour, it has done its work, and there is no further occasion for it.

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift on life

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May you live all the days of your life.

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift on debate, design, dogs, genius, horses, instinct, lies, nature, obstinacy, and talent

Brutes find out where their talents lie; A bear will not attempt to fly, A foundered horse will oft debate Before he tries a five barred gate. A dog by instinct turns aside Who sees the ditch too deep and wide, But man we find the only creature Who, led by folly, combats nature; Who, when she loudly cries-Forbear! With obstinacy fixes there; And where the genius least inclines, Absurdly bends his whole designs.

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift on flattery, food, maxims, men, schools, and wit

'T is an old maxim in the schools, That flattery 's the food of fools; Yet now and then your men of wit Will condescend to take a bit.

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

Source: Cadenus and Vanessa.

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift on genius and world

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

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

Source: Thoughts on Various Subjects

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift on genius and world

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 (1667 - 1745)

Source: Thoughts on Various Subjects

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift

So geographers, in Afric maps, With savage pictures fill their gaps, And o'er unhabitable downs Place elephants for want of towns.

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

Source: On Poetry, a Rhapsody

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